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Tribunal orders university to release data from PACE chronic fatigue study

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 22 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4614
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

A tribunal has ruled that Queen Mary University of London must release data from a trial looking at treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome, which found that cognitive behavioural therapy and graded exercise therapy helped to alleviate the symptoms of the condition.1

The findings of the PACE (Pacing, graded Activity, and Cognitive behaviour therapy: a randomised Evaluation) trial, published in the Lancet in 2011,2 were questioned by some academics and patients, who argued that the PACE programme could harm patients.

In March 2014 Alem Matthees, a patient in Australia, submitted a freedom of information request to Queen Mary University of London, where some of the PACE researchers were based, asking …

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