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Honorary Fellow on the new NICE Guideline for ME/CFS: Ten Questions Answered

Your questions regarding the new NICE Guideline announcement this week have been broken down and addressed by Doctors with M.E. Honorary Fellow, Professor Brian Hughes:

1. What’s going on?

2. How is the new guideline different to the old one?

3. Why is the new guideline being welcomed?

4. Why was the old guideline problematic?

5. How did NICE arrive at the new guideline?

6. Was NICE overly harsh in using the ‘GRADE’ system to dismiss past research?

7. Was the NICE review process distorted by patient advocacy at the expense of scientific rigour?

8. Is it accurate to refer to CBT and GET as “evidence-based” treatments for ME/CFS?

9. Why do some clinicians persist in defending the old treatments based on CBT/GET?

10. How does this fit in with Long COVID?

The complete commentary is published and available on the The Science Bit

Prof. Brian Hughes

Honorary Fellow

Professor of Psychology, Specialist, Evidence-Based Policy and Empiricism, National University of Ireland, Galway, Member, HSE (Ireland) National Working Group on ME, Science Advisory Board, DecodeME, Scientific Advisor, Hope 4 ME & Fibro Northern Ireland, Chair, Global Research Initiative, International Prader-Willi Syndrome Organisation

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