PACE trial official complaint to the Lancet
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This page covers the offical complaint raised by Professor Hooper to the Lancet regarding the PACE trial.
In March 2011, Professor Hooper submitted a complaint to the Lancet regarding the publication of the PACE trial.
On the 18 April 2011, Australia's national public broadcaster ABC aired an episode of the radio show 'The Health Report' on the PACE trial. The program was hosted by Dr Norman Swan and consisted of an interview with one of the authors of the trial, Professor Michael Sharpe, and an interview with the editor of the Lancet, Richard Horton. The entire program was devoted to proclaiming the PACE trial was a success and that the reactions from some people who claim to represent patients had been extraordinary. During the program Horton commented that a 43 page complaint had been received by the Lancet and that they would be attempting to conduct a scientific investigation into the claims within. TRANSCRIPT
On the 18 April 2011, Professor Hooper decided to place his complaint to the Lancet in the public domain as a result of the ABC radio show.
On the 19 April 2011, Invest in ME wrote to Richard Horton to invite him, as editor of the Lancet, to the Invest in ME conference, in order that he may begin to learn about the disease ME.
On the 17 May 2011, eight letters of criticism regarding the PACE trial were published in the Lancet.  Together with a response from the authors  and an editorial from The Lancets' editor, Richard Horton, who complained about having received the letters. 
On the 17 May 2011, The Lancet forwarded to Professor Hooper a response from the PACE trail authors. Significantly, in the letter, the authors admitted that they had not studied those who met the umbrella term used by NICE ("CFS/ME") or ME. In an initial response to this letter from Peter White, Professor Hooper pointed out that this was not what the PACE trial authors had previously stated.
Correction to the Comment by Bleijenberg and Knoop in the Lancet
On the 6 June 2011, an email was sent to Zoe Mullan, Senior Editor at The Lancet, highlighting the incorrect statements made by Bleijenberg and Knoop in the article accompanying the published PACE trial. Specifically the claim of a 30% recovery rate with CBT and GET for the participants of the PACE trial. On the 8 June 2011, Zoe Mullan replied, stating that as recovery was not reported in the trial that they would be correcting the comment.
Professor Hooper's complaint to the Lancet regarding the PACE trial + Responses
- 'REPORT: COMPLAINT TO THE RELEVANT EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF THE LANCET ABOUT THE PACE TRIAL ARTICLES PUBLISHED BY THE LANCET' Professor Malcolm Hooper (March 2011)
- DOWNLOAD THE COMPLAINT DOCUMENT - 'REPORT: COMPLAINT TO THE RELEVANT EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF THE LANCET ABOUT THE PACE TRIAL ARTICLES PUBLISHED BY THE LANCET' Professor Malcolm Hooper (March 2011)
- 'The PACE trial in chronic fatigue syndrome — Authors' reply' White (The Lancet, 17 May 2011)
- 'Patients' power and PACE' Horton (The Lancet, 17 May 2011)
- Professor White's response to Professor Hooper's complaint to The Lancet
- Initial response by Professor Malcolm Hooper to an undated letter sent by Professor Peter White to Dr Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet (17 May 2011)
- Professor Malcolm Hooper's detailed response to Professor Peter White's letter to Dr Richard Horton about his complaints re: the PACE Trial articles published in the Lancet
Professor Hooper's complaint regarding the comment by Bleijenberg and Knoop in the Lancet
- Professor Hooper's letter to the executive editor responsible for publishing the PACE Trial article and the accompanying Comment by Bleijenberg and Knoop Professor Hooper (28 March 2011)
- Correction of the Comment by Bleijenberg and Knoop Margaret Williams (9 July 2011)
Radio interviews after the PACE trial
- RADIO: 'Comparison of treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome - the PACE trial' ABC: The Health Report (ABC, 18 April 2011)
- RADIO: 'Comparison of treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome - the PACE trial' ABC: The Health Report (Youtube, 18 April 2011)
- Transcript of ABC: The Health Report 'Comparison of treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome - the PACE trial' (ABC, 18 April 2011)
Response to the ABC Radio interview
- 'Ignorance is not an option: Letter to the Editor of the Lancet' The Chairman and Trustees (IiME, 19 April 2011)
- Angela Kennedy correspondence with the Lancet regarding the PACE trial
- 'Chronic fatigue syndrome: Neurological, mental or both' Michael Sharpe (Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 20 April 2011)
- 'Mike Sharpe - Chronic fatigue syndrome: Neurological, mental or both' (XMRV Global Action, 26 April 2011)