Patients' beliefs about their illness were probably not a major factor

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7038.1097c (Published 27 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1097
  1. D O Ho-Yen
  1. Consultant microbiologist Microbiology Department, Raigmore Hospital NHS Trust, Inverness IV2 3UJ

    EDITOR,—Michael Sharpe and colleagues' study confirms that the best medical advice for patients with the chronic fatigue syndrome is not “nothing can be done” or that “the disease will burn itself out.”1 The study produced improvement in 73% of the patients, which is comparable to the 80% improvement produced by my management techniques.2 3 Interestingly, my approach seems to be fundamentally different from that of Sharpe and colleagues.

    Two previous studies of cognitive behaviour therapy …

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