Cognitive behavioural therapy in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome

Best L, Stevens A
Record ID 31998008705
Authors' objectives:

The author aims to determine whether the proposal for cognitive behavioural therapy to be available in the management of CFS, in order to supplement existing programmes of care, is justified.

Authors' results and conclusions: Significant improvements among patients receiving cognitive behavioural therapy were reported in four of the five studies, and in the other the 'dose' of CBT may have been too low to make a difference. The placebo effect may have contributed to the positive results.
Authors' recommendations: The authors recommend CBT as out-patient treatment for a certain group of people, but say that the criteria for the selection of those who would gain most needs clear definition. CBT is not recommended as in-patient treatment.
Authors' methods: Overview
Project Status: Completed
URL for project:
Year Published: 1996
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England
MeSH Terms
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic
Organisation Name: Wessex Institute for Health Research and Development
Contact Address: Pauline King. Wessex Institute for Health Research and Development, Boldrewood Medical School, Bassett Crescent East, Highfield, Southampton. SO16 7PX Tel. +44 1703 595661 Fax +44 1703 595662
Copyright: Wessex Institute for Health Research and Development (WIHRD)
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