By David Tuller, DrPH
Proponents of cognitive behavior therapy and graded exercise therapy as treatments for CFS, ME, or their variants keep trotting out their favored interventions for patients suffering from persistent fatigue and other symptoms after acute Covid-19. Last week, the Royal Society of Medicine conducted an online webinar called “Long COVID: Understanding the shadow of the virus.” Three physicians participated: Alastair Miller, an infectious disease expert from Liverpool who used to run a local CFS/ME clinic; Carolyn Chew-Graham, a professor of general practice research at Keele University in Staffordshire; and Nisreen Alwan, an associate professor of public health at the University of Southampton.
The first two have been longtime members of the CBT/GET brigades. Chew-Graham is the main author of the Royal College of General Practitioners’ unfortunate online training program on CFS/ME, which I critiqued here. Chew-Graham is also a prominent player in the push to ensure that GPs learn to identify patients suffering from so-called “medically unexplained symptoms” and shunt them off to psycho-behavioral interventions rather than referring them to specialists. (More on her webinar comments in a subsequent post.)
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