The inclusion of these therapies is based on National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance. NICE is the independent expert body responsible for developing robust, evidence based guidance for the National Health Service. In 2007, NICE published a guideline on the management of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) in adults and children that sets out best practice on the treatment and support of patients. The guidance recommended cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and graded exercise therapy (GET) as appropriate treatments for mild to moderate CFS/ME, in line with the best available evidence from eight randomised controlled trials. A copy of the guidance, Chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy): diagnosis and management, is attached.
Information concerning the assessment of recovery rates for patients with CFS/ME accessing CBT or GET through Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services is not available.