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New Chronic Fatigue Trial (FITNET-NHS)

3 November 2016

New Chronic Fatigue Trial (FITNET-NHS)- A therapy that successfully treats two-thirds of children with chronic fatigue syndrome is being trialled for NHS use.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ Myalgic Encephalopathy (CFS/ME) is a debilitating disease which has a major impact on the lives of those affected, causing persistent exhaustion and other symptoms that don’t go away with rest or sleep. Most of the UK does not currently have access to a local specialist CFS/ME service. The FITNET-NHS study will investigate whether FITNET-NHS (Fatigue In Teenagers on the internet in the NHS) is effective and offers value for money compared to Activity Management for children with CFS/ME. For the first time, children and young people with CFS/ME will be able to receive treatment at home, over the internet. Children and young adults taking part in this randomised controlled trial will be allocated to one of two treatment arms. The FITNET-NHS group receive cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) online using e-consultations. It was shown to be effective in the Netherlands in 2012 (63 per cent recovered at six months compared to 8 per cent who received usual care). The control group receive a treatment called Activity Management using video conferencing.

The FITNET-NHS study opened to recruitment on 1 November 2016.  More information on the trial is available on the FITNET-NHS webpages.




Further information

Please contact Sarah Baos for further information on this trial, or 0117 331 4089.


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