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Nature article on misconduct, lying by ommision, etc

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Esther12, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. Esther12

    Esther12 Senior Member

    This reminded me of some CFS research, and I thought I'd post a couple of graphs from Chalder after it as an illustration. One thing I see with CFs is that often the data in papers is then taken out of context and manipulated elsewhere, and people assume that it can be trusted without checking.

    Here is the graph Chalder uses to sell her expertise and views about CFS to others in a presentation:

    Chalder slide on six months post GF.JPG Trudie Chalder FINAL 169FORMAT.pdf (slide 18)

    Here is a graph of the data from the study she cites:

    Chalder trial on fatigue post GF data from purple.jpg

    I wonder why she failed to include the 12 month data, where the difference between the two groups falls below statistical significance? I wonder if she took the time to explain that the 'positive' affects of treatment could be explained by those who returned to health in the treatment group just being more likely to send back their questionnaires at six months due to feeling a bit grateful for the therapist's time. The presentation was from 2012, and the study is about a decade old (although Chalder seems to have got the date wrong in her slide, making it difficult for anyone to check up on her claims).

    More info and link to paper here:
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  2. OverTheHills


    New Zealand
    Esther are you planning to write a comment for posting on this article and/or send some PACE information to the corresponding author? I often think if we patients could interest an academic who specializes in this area they could prove a very effective ally/whistleblower/trojan horse. PACE would make a fine case study for them. I know I'm trying to lumber you with a job here but unfortunately I'm not in a position to do it myself.

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