A while ago I blogged about the PACE trial, a UK-based study of treatments for ME/CFS that recommended Graded Exercise Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. I described problems with the trial’s protocols, patient criticism of the study, and a pending request for the data under the Freedom of Information Act. In the last few weeks, Queen Mary University of London lost the FOIA appeal and released the data. Re-analysis shows GET/CBT to be ineffective. My faith in the scientific process is being restored.
You can read a summary of the process by Julie Rehmeyer, a science journalist and ME/CFS patient, at STAT. Virology Blog has posted both a summary of the re-analyzed data and the full text of the analysis.