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Physical rehab survey: initial results
Physical rehab survey: initial results
17 February 2011

Physical rehab survey: initial results

Preliminary analysis of Action for M.E.'s survey of people with M.E. who
have tried graded exercise therapy (GET), graded activity therapy (GAT)
and/or exercise on prescription indicate that patients are still
experiencing adverse affects as a result of trying GET in particular.

Action for M.E.'s CEO, Sir Peter Spencer, says: "Although the results cannot
be interpreted as representing all people with M.E., because the 273
participants were self-selected, our findings are disturbing. They show that
while a percentage of patients do benefit from GAT, GET and even exercise on
prescription, too many still report that GET in particular makes them worse.

"We continue to be worried about the way physical rehabilitation therapies
are practiced because too few professionals really understand M.E.

"In the next few months, we will be working closely with people with M.E.
and physiotherapists, to try to get a better understanding of what is going
wrong and to seek ways to address the problem."

An extract from the survey results, analysed by Professor Derek Pheby, M.E.
Observatory, will be published next week in the charity's quarterly
membership magazine, InterAction.

The article will report that: "60.2% of those citing GET as their most
recent form of physical therapy reported that it had made their condition
worse. Of these, 44.1% said it had made them much worse or very much wor
compared with only 22.2% who reported any degree of improvement.

"For exercise on prescription, the results were similar: 52.2% reported that
the therapy had made them worse
, and only 26.1% reported an improvement.

"Only GAT emerged as doing more good than harm, with 26.3% reporting that
they were worse following therapy, while 39.4% reported an improvement. This
is statistically highly significant (p =0.002)."

A PDF of the article is available but please note, when you open the
document, you have to scroll down to read it - the top of the PDF
or  is blank.

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