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Cognitive behaviour therapy and exercise are the only effective treatments for chronic fatigue, says study

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 01 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1298
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Cognitive behaviour therapy and graded exercise are the only treatments that have proved to be effective for chronic fatigue syndrome and myalgic encephalomyelitis, say researchers.

    There is insufficient evidence that all the other treatments often used in patients with chronic fatigue—including immunological and antiviral therapy, drugs (antidepressants, corticosteroids, anticholinergic agents), and homoeopathy—work, says the review of evidence carried out by the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York.

    But the review says that it is unclear whether combining …

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