Sunday, July 24, 2011

The PACE trial: almost £5 million spent on, well, nothing, you couldn't make it up!

Posted by nmj:

The current chaos of criteria is why we have people all over the Internet claiming to have recovered from ME, touting nonsense about how 'believing they can get better, got them better'.

It's because of hopelessly flawed criteria that these people have been told they have ME in the first place, or more worryingly may have diagnosed themselves.

This is why we are so angry about the PACE trial, almost £5 million being spent on, well, nothing. (PACE used the Oxford criteria, devised by UK psychiatrists, which actually exclude neurological disorders, so that people who are a bit fed up and deconditioned can actually be diagnosed with ME. Yes, you couldn't make it up!)
Dr Esther Crawley and others have revived the recent BMJ thread on ME and posed the question: Will adopting the Canadian criteria improve the diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome? The answer is, of course it will! Dr Crawley and her colleagues are - unsurprisingly - dragging their heels ... Read more>>

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