#MEAction has sent an 11,000-signature petition to The Lancet, calling for the retraction of “misleading” analyses and claims published in a 2011 PACE trial paper concerning the effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy and graded exercise therapy for ME/CFS.
Copies of the petition, which when printed were over 400 pages, were also delivered to the UK and US offices of Psychological Medicine. The journal published a paper on recovery rates in the trial that the petition claims were based on criteria that “were weakened so far from their original form in the study protocol that they no longer represent recovery by any rational standard”.
The study authors also received a copy. The petition calls upon them to “publish the recovery outcomes according to the analyses specified in the trial’s protocol” and to give independent researchers full access to the anonymised raw data.
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