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Comment on: ‘Reports of recovery in chronic fatigue syndrome may present less than meets the eye’
  1. P D White1,
  2. T Chalder2,
  3. M Sharpe3
  1. 1Centre for Psychiatry, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Barts and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK
  2. 2Academic Department of Psychological Medicine, King's College London, Weston Education Centre, London, UK
  3. 3Department of Psychiatry, Psychological Medicine Research, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor P D White, Centre for Psychiatry, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Barts and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, London EC1M 6BQ, UK; p.d.white{at}qmul.ac.uk

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Dear Editor,

Friedberg and Adamowicz reviewed our paper about recovery from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) after treatment in the PACE trial.1–3 We write in order to correct some errors of fact and interpretation in their review.

The authors suggest that we did not use any measures of patients’ perceptions of recovery. In fact we used the patient-rated clinical global impression change score of their overall health,4 which included those who rated their overall health as ‘much’ and “very much better”, and which was one of the five criteria …

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