Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Where to Go From Here?
Article first published online: 19 DEC 2011
© 2011 American Psychological Association. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc., on behalf of the American Psychological Association
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume 18, Issue 4, pages 325–330, December 2011
How to Cite
Knoop, H. (2011), Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Where to Go From Here?. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 18: 325–330. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2850.2011.01263.x
- Issue published online: 19 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 19 DEC 2011
- Received October 5, 2011; accepted October 6, 2011.
- chronic fatigue syndrome;
- cognitive behavior therapy;
- research agenda;
- treatment efficacy
[Clin Psychol Sci Prac 18: 325–330, 2011]
The meta-analytic review of Castell, Kazantzis, and Moss-Morris (2011) is a valuable contribution to the debate about the efficacy of behavioral interventions for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Again it is found that cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) has a positive effect on the outcomes of patients with CFS. However, a substantial number of patients do not profit (enough) from this intervention. Increasing our knowledge about the mechanisms of change and other relevant aspects related to the treatment response could help to improve further the efficacy and applicability of CBT for CFS. This commentary discusses some of these aspects and, where possible, research strategies are proposed.