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Interventions for the treatment and management of chronic fatigue syndrome.

15 Aug

The September 19th issue of JAMA/b> features a systematic review of the literature on what interventions have been found to work for chronic fatigue syndrome. Nineteen databases were searched for any published or unpublished studies in any language, and the study included randomized and nonrandomized controlled trials. Of 350 studies, 44 met the inclusion criteria, including 36 randomized controlled trials. In these studies, subjects numbered from 12 to 326, with a total of 2801 participants combined. The most promising results were in cognitive behavioral therapy and graded exercise therapy. However, there were sufficient design inadequacies in many of these studies, to conclude that further investigation is warranted.

Citation: Whiting P, Bagnall AM, Sowden AJ, Cornell JE, Mulrow CD, Ramirez G. Interventions for the treatment and management of chronic fatigue syndrome: a systematic review. JAMA. 2001 September 19; 286(11): 1378-9.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award