Friday, 10 June 2011

My complaint to Charles Warlow, Lancet Ombudsman, re PACE

I sent a detailed complaint yesterday, 10th June 2011, to Dr Charles Warlow, the Lancet Ombudsman. The length of the complaint precludes full publication on this blog, and the bulk of the complaint reiterates the problems in my original complaint to the Lancet of 25th April. I therefore publish here only the preamble, 3rd complaint, and concluding paragraphs.

Since I first made my complaint to Dr Horton, I have been made aware that the PACE authors have written to Professor Hooper, and that he has responded to them:


 White PD, Goldsmith KA, Johnson AL, et al. Comparison of adaptive pacing therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, graded exercise therapy, and specialist medical care for chronic fatigue syndrome (PACE): a randomised trial. Lancet 2011; 377: 823-836.
Dear Dr Warlow,

I am writing to you in your capacity as Ombudsman for the Lancet journal. I am writing to make a complaint about three issues, related to the publishing by the Lancet of the article
 and the unsafe claims made within the Lancet article and accompanying editorial: as well as the unsafe claims made elsewhere as a direct result of the publication.The first complaint regards the publication of the article itself,

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