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Dr David Tuller: A Statment in Support of Cochrane

Countrygirl

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http://www.virology.ws/2018/10/23/a...s3M33X8NafKwNXqwm0YlERz3yLRO6gVMS7yB35ZV7PBuc

A Statement in Support of Cochrane
23 OCTOBER 2018
Cochrane has decided to temporarily withdraw a review of exercise therapies for the illness variously known as ME, CFS, ME/CFS and CFS/ME. The review reported that exercise therapy is effective in treating the illness—a finding that has provided unwarranted support for recommendations that patients should undergo the intervention known as graded exercise therapy. Yet Cochrane has found merit in complaints about serious scientific missteps and has asked the review team to respond accordingly.

Supporters of the approach to treatment endorsed by the Cochrane review have portrayed the decision for temporary withdrawal as a loss for science and an unfortunate capitulation to pressure from a vocal patient lobby. But patients have criticized the review not because they harbor anti-scientific views or are prejudiced against psychiatry. Rather, they have expressed reasonable and convincing concerns about the poor methodological choices made by the reviewers, who to date have not offered robust explanations.
 

lafarfelue

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[...] patients have criticized the review not because they harbor anti-scientific views or are prejudiced against psychiatry. Rather, they have expressed reasonable and convincing concerns about the poor methodological choices made by the reviewers, who to date have not offered robust explanations.

heck yes! :thumbsup: well done everyone! and thank you Dr Tuller! :)
 

Countrygirl

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Agh! It is appearing that Cochrane has been 'got at' and have changed their minds about withdrawing the paper. They are reported as attaching a note of explanation to the review, but I cannot find it so has that been removed as well?





Robert McMullen

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Having decided to withdraw the Cochrane review of exercise therapy for CFS, the editors appear to have changed their minds for non-scientific reasons. A new note on the review states that a decision will be made on its status following resubmission: (link: https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD003200.pub7/media/CDSR/CD003200/CD003200.pdf) cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.10…