Trial By Error: What’s Up With Cochrane’s Exercise Review ?

David Tuller


By David Tuller, DrPH.

On June 17th, Cochrane announced that it had received a revision of a much-contested review of exercise therapy for treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome (as the organization has long called the illness or cluster of illnesses also referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis, CFS/ME, and ME/CFS). In a posted statement, Cochrane noted that “the process has taken longer than hoped; the amended review is being finalised and it will be published during the next 2 months.”

Well, it seems like the process continues to take “longer than hoped,” since it is now more than three months since that notice was posted. Publication of the revision is more than a month overdue. Perhaps Cochrane is planning to publish it imminently. Or perhaps the process of “finalising” the amended review has been more complicated than anticipated, raising further questions for Cochrane about whether it should endorse and publish another iteration of what has been a misbegotten mess from the start.


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