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Graded Exercise Therapy
1: Introduction
2: Subject recruitment etc
3: Randomisation etc
4: Outcome measures

Your Experiences

We welcome your contributions – tell us about your experiences with exercise and/or CBT. Has your doctor ever suggested CBT? If so, did you go ahead with the treatment and was it helpful for you?

Please try your hand at a paper critique or summarise (if more appropriate) a research article for an upcoming edition of Talking Point. You can visit the monthly Research Abstracts list to select a referenced paper for this purpose.

Medical articles

Basic information
ME/CFS: a basic overview (PDF, 57KB)
Overlap between CFS & other symptom-based syndromes (PDF, 19KB)
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (PDF, 32KB)
MCS: Basic Overview (PDF, 18KB)
Fibromyalgia Syndrome (PDF, 34KB)

Information for ME/CFS physicians
Autonomic function in CFS (PDF, 32KB)
Cardiovascular Function & Exercise in CFS (PDF, 33KB)
ME/CFS Guidelines: Management Guidelines for General Practitioners (PDF, 460KB)
ME/CFS: Basic Facts for General Practitioners (PDF, 18KB)
Cognitive Function in CFS (PDF, 32KB)
Research Definition of CFS, known as the CDC or Fukuda (1994) [external link]

Miscellaneous articles
CFS-like states (Jan 6, 2005)
Grade Exercise Therapy for ME… or you? (Mar 2001)
Adelaide research into CFS, fibromyalgia, & brain fog (Sep 22, 2004)

Graded Exercise Therapy for ME... or You?

A critique of the Powell et al methodology

By Farrah Tate

This article was written to accompany the March 2001 Talking Point article by Paul Leverenz and Farrah Tate. Whilst reading these comments, please refer to a copy of the following reference article:

Randomised controlled trial of patient education to encourage graded exercise in chronic fatigue syndrome
Pauline Powell, Richard P Bentall, Fred J Nye, and Richard H T Edwards (2001)
British Medical Journal 322: 387 (

Why have we focused so much attention on this one article? It is important that our members are aware of the current trend in psychiatric research, focussing on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (frequently abbreviated simply as CBT). Persons with ME/CFS must demand that peer-reviewed and respected journals only publish studies based on sound scientific protocol. In the future, it should be our group objective to submit a response to any further papers like Powell et al paper as an incorporated body (the ME/CFS Society of SA).

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