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Studies And Surveys Implicate Potential Iatrogenic Harm Of CBT And GET For ME/CFS Patients

Sunday 12 November 2017


From Open Access Journals: Research on Chronic Diseases:



Studies and surveys implicate potential iatrogenic harm of cognitive behavioral therapy and graded exercise therapy for myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome patients.

By Frank N.M. Twisk
ME-de-patiënten Foundation, Zonnedauw 15, 1906 HB Limmen, The Netherlands
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Cognitive behavorial therapy (CBT) and graded exercise therapy (GET) are declared to be effective and safe therapies for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Medical policies in various countries, e.g. the UK and the Netherlands, recommend CBT and GET as evidence-based treatments. But studies and patient surveys in several countries indicate that CBT often has no effect at all and that GET has detrimental effects in a large subgroup of patients.


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