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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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  • Competing interests PDW is a member of the Independent Medical Experts Group; an advisory non-departmental public body, which advises the UK Ministry of Defence regarding the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. PDW has provided advice to the UK Department for Work and Pensions regarding mental health issues. PDW does consultancy work for a re-insurance company. TC has received royalties from Sheldon Press and Constable & Robinson. MS has received royalties from Oxford University Press.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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