The independent re-analysis of the PACE Trial recovery paper emerged from behind the publisher's paywall today – after the ME Association paid US$2,000 for open access to the paper so that academics and clinicians can read it in full.
We used funds in our Medical Education Programme to enable this exercise in transparency to take place.
The analysis was entitled Can patients with chronic fatigue syndrome really recover after graded exercise or cognitive behavioural therapy? A critical commentary and preliminary re-analysis of the PACE trial.
It was written by New Zealand academic Carolyn Wilshire, Irish ME/CFS Association information officer Tom Kindlon, Australian ME/CFS patient Alem Matthees (who mounted a successful legal challenge last year which led to the publication of anonymised data from the PACE Trial) and science writer Simon McGrath.
The full paper – published online in Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior on 14 December last year – can now be read using the following link: www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21641846.2017.1259724
A downloadable pdf of the re-analysis paper can be found here: www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/21641846.2017.1259724?needAccess=true