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Efficacy of randomized controlled brief physical activity self-regulation for chronic fatigue

Discussion in 'Latest ME/CFS Research' started by Dolphin, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    http://www.jpsychores.com/article/S0022-3999(16)30635-3/abstract

     
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    Although this is described as a trial of chronic fatigue, 89% in the intervention group and 94% in the control group had CFS (Fukuda criteria).
     
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    This sounds more flexible than some graded activity/exercise regimes.
     
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    This paper is on the 12 month follow-up results. Here is what how they summarise the results from the original trial:
     
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    PA=Physical Activity

    The authors look at the results in one way but for me this would make me suspicious of fatigue as an outcome measure in such trials. The results for fatigue may be biased by the intervention.
     
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    As well as general suspicion about what they are saying, I particularly dislike their referring to recovery. Recovery wasn't measured and there is not good evidence that such programmes lead to recovery.

    This all seems very speculative e.g. where is the evidence in the findings for a "more balanced form of physical activity". Also "PA levels" didn't increase by a statistically significant level.
     
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