Second comment on Cochrane’s 2008 CBT for CFS review (3 August 2020)

On 2 June 2020 I made a comment on the Cognitive behaviour therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome in adults review asking for it to be withdrawn because it is 12 years out of date but still informs two guidelines. The rules on withdrawal changed in August 2019, so the response to my request was to … Continue reading Second comment on Cochrane’s 2008 CBT for CFS review (3 August 2020)

It’s not only drugs and medical devices that can cause harm

First Do No Harm, the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review focusing on three drug/devices aimed at women (aka the Cumberlege report) was published on 8 July 2020. It has far-reaching and very welcome implications for much needed change in the way patients are treated. Two of the review’s proposals are that there be a … Continue reading It’s not only drugs and medical devices that can cause harm

Request to withdraw CBT for CFS review (June 2020)

Comment submitted on the Cognitive behaviour therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome in adults review https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD001027.pub2/full published in 2008.  Twelve years out of date, but still used in 2 guidelines Comment submitted 2 June 2020 The Cochrane review Traditional Chinese medicinal herbs for the treatment of idiopathic chronic fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome (https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD006348.pub3/full) was withdrawn … Continue reading Request to withdraw CBT for CFS review (June 2020)

Commentary on Cochrane’s Exercise review September-October 2018 (via Absolutely Maybe blog)

On 24 September 2018 Hilda Bastian wrote a blog about bias called Scientific Advocacy and Biases of the Ideological and Industry Kinds in response to an upheaval earlier in the month when the Cochrane Collaboration expelled founder member Peter Gøtzsche. I responded to her post by pointing out the non-industry bias should be taken more … Continue reading Commentary on Cochrane’s Exercise review September-October 2018 (via Absolutely Maybe blog)

Comment submitted via Cochrane feedback system on Exercise for CFS Review: 11 January 2020

Despite my request clearly not having anything to do with the review content, I was forced to submit it via Cochrane's feedback system. The lengthy correspondence is posted here Comment submitted via the Cochrane feedback system on 11 January 2020 On 24 October 2019 I wrote to Editor-in-Chief Karla Soares Weiser requesting a link from … Continue reading Comment submitted via Cochrane feedback system on Exercise for CFS Review: 11 January 2020

Alternative proposal for overview of trials of all treatments for ME (May 2020)

On Twitter and by email to the Cochrane Independent Advisory Group email address I have suggested an alternative to Cochrane's plan to keep the same review question (Exercise for ME/CFS) without consultation with patients. I have edited this post, as there has now been an announcement of a new Action for ME/James Lind Alliance Priority … Continue reading Alternative proposal for overview of trials of all treatments for ME (May 2020)

Correspondence with Cochrane about the Exercise for CFS review July 2019-February 2020

This correspondence started after a meeting with new Editor-in-Chief Karla Soares-Weiser on Tuesday 16 July 2019. Karla has not responded in a substantive way to any of my emails. My main concern after the amended review was published in October, that there was no indication on the review itself that an update was planned. I … Continue reading Correspondence with Cochrane about the Exercise for CFS review July 2019-February 2020

Correspondence with Cochrane about the Exercise for CFS review July 2019-February 2020

This correspondence started after a meeting with new Editor-in-Chief Karla Soares-Weiser in July 2019.  Karla has not responded in a substantive way to any of my emails.  My main concern after the review amendment was published in October 2019 was that there was no indication that a new version of the review was planned.  I … Continue reading Correspondence with Cochrane about the Exercise for CFS review July 2019-February 2020

Correspondence between Cochrane Editor-in-Chief David Tovey and Trygve Ottersen, Acting Director of Norwegian Institute of Public Health October-November 2018

Below is a link to the email exchange between Cochrane and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in response to Robert Courtney's complaint of 2016. It was made available via the Norwegian Digitization agency https://einnsyn.no/ https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UMSqpzxYpBEy7deu2aUEIbhxVKd1gpLe/view?usp=sharing