Cochrane library blog post, 13 Feb 2020: Appointment of lead to independent advisory group


In October 2019, Cochrane announced its commitment to a full update the Cochrane Review Exercise therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome. The statement noted plans for: “a comprehensive review of the protocol, which will be developed in consultation with an independent advisory group that we intend to convene. This group will involve partners from patient-advocacy groups from different parts of the world who will help us to embed a patient-focused, contemporary perspective on the review question, methods and findings.”

Cochrane is now pleased to announce that Hilda Bastian has been appointed to lead the independent advisory group. Hilda has been a health consumer advocate and researcher, and has held many roles with healthcare bodies. She is also author of the popular PLoS blog “Absolutely Maybe”, which looks at the uncertainties in medicine, and reported on the contents and conduct of the Cochrane Review Exercise therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome. Her knowledge and understanding of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), and the methodology of systematic reviews, saw broad support for her blog posts from consumers and researchers alike.

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Read the comments and criticisms of the existing review

Hilda Bastian is a scientist, blogger, health consumer advocate and cartoonist. Read more about her.

Read Hilda’s past blogs:

Consumer-Contested Evidence: Why the ME/CFS Exercise Dispute Matters So Much
Posted February 8, 2019

It’s a Start: The Amended Version of the Cochrane Review on Exercise and CFS
Posted October 3, 2019

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