The final P2P ME/CFS documents are coming out today. I am severely crashed from family obligations, so in-depth analysis will take me a little longer than normal. But here are quick descriptions of the various articles to get you started:
Final P2P Report –
As of 8:30 am today, this has not yet been published on the NIH P2P website. As of 9:15 am, the final report is available on the NIH site.
P2P Panel’s article in the Annals of Internal Medicine – This reads very much like the Panel’s draft report, and I won’t be surprised if it matches whatever final version ends up on the NIH site.
Overview by Dr. Anthony Komaroff in Annals – If you can only read one document today, start with this one. Dr. Komaroff gives an excellent overview of the intersection between the IOM and P2P reports. This is important because the Panel does not even mention the IOM report in its Annals article.
ME/CFS Treatment article in Annals – This is a summary version of the treatment section of the AHRQ evidence review (prepared for the P2P Panel and presented in December 2014). If you recall, that evidence review found that CBT and GET were the most effective treatments, and made much of the very poor number and design of trials.
ME/CFS Diagnosis article in Annals – This is the summary version of the diagnosis section of the AHRQ evidence review (prepared for the P2P Panel and presented in December 2014). Two things stand out. First, this version has been updated to include references to the IOM report. The P2P Panel did not bother to do so. Second, Dr. Komaroff’s article, in discussing biological abnormalities, largely references the IOM report. Why? Because the evidence review excluded most of this literature.
A playback of the June 16th telebriefing will be available for four weeks afterwards. Use: 888-640-7743 (U.S. and Canada) | 754-333-7735 (Other International Callers)
Enter replay code 118646, followed by the # sign.
Update June 16, 2015 11:37 am: The one hour telebriefing concluded after 30 minutes. Only one report, Miriam Tucker, asked a question. Deborah Langer of the Office of Disease Prevention repeatedly stated that there were no other question. However, I want to be VERY CLEAR: I identified myself as a writer for Occupy CFS when I joined the call. I made SIX ATTEMPTS to ask a question. My place in the queue was never recognized and I was never given the opportunity to ask a question. If any other members of the media attended the briefing, they did not ask questions. This was an appalling way to end the P2P process.