Saturday, October 24, 2009

Alternatives to CBT/GET

Two studies plus a commentary have now been published in the print version of PEC.  The findings offer physicians an alternative to CBT and GET based on the most cited CBT model of CFS. Effect sizes are comparable. Sadly, NICE has decided not to add the alternatives to the three CBT-model interventions they currently recommend.  The situation may be reviewed in August 2010.



Goudsmit, EM., Ho-Yen, DO and Dancey, CP. Learning to cope with chronic illness. Efficacy of a multi-component treatment for people with chronic fatigue syndrome. Patient Education and Counseling, 2009, 77, 2, 231-236.

Jason, L., Benton, M., Torres-Harding, S and Muldowney, K. The impact of energy modu-lation on physical functioning and fatigue severity among patients with ME/CFS. Patient Education and Counseling, 2009, 77, 2, 237-241.

Van Houdenhove, B and Luyten, P. Treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome: how to find a 'new equilibrium'? Patient Education and Counseling, 2009, 77, 2, 153-154.


All three papers: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/07383991  


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Ellen M. Goudsmit C.Psychol. FBPsS





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