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Review: cognitive behavioural interventions may be effective for chronic fatigue syndrome and chronic back pain

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QUESTION: Are mental health interventions for people with common somatic conditions effective? Can results from secondary care be extrapolated to primary care?


Systematic review with meta-analysis.

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Studies were identified using PubMed, the Cochrane Library, PsychLit and Embase (1966 – September 2001); reference lists; key texts, and citations from experts.

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Narrative systematic reviews, meta-analyses and randomised trials published in English were eligible if they assessed the effectiveness of primary or secondary care mental health interventions for chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome or chronic back pain (where no physical cause was established). …

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