Pulse: NICE guideline article: Row over therapy call for CFS

Pulse NICE guideline article

Row over therapy call for CFS
06 September 07

By Emma Wilkinson

NICE guidance on diagnosing and managing chronic fatigue syndrome has reignited a long-running controversy over the root cause of the illness by advising treatment with psychological therapies.
The guidance calls for PCTs to provide cognitive behaviour therapy and exercise treatments among other treatment options – and should give ammunition to GPs battling to help patients with the condition.
In addition to recommendations that severely affected people should get specialist help at home, NICE says CBT and graded exercise therapy should be offered for mild to moderate CFS/ME – to criticism from an ME patient group.
Action for ME said the recommendations placed ‘undue emphasis’ on psychological and physical therapies and criticised the failure of the guidance to recognise CFS as a neurological disorder.

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