Michael Sharpe

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Professor Michael Sharpe, M.A., M.R.C.P., M.R.C.Psych., is a British professor of psychological medicine at the University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom. He is a key author of the PACE trial helping to devise the Oxford criteria as a diagnostic tool for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

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  • 2015, "It’s sometimes quite hard to understand what motivates the very vocal minority that gets so upset about this apparently benign bit of moderately helpful treatment." [4]
  • 2015, "These are not magic cures. This is just the only game in town really in terms of an evidence-based treatment if you have got this condition to get yourself improved."
  • 1999, "Purchasers and Health Care providers with hard pressed budgets are understandably reluctant to spend money on patients who are not going to die and for whom there is controversy about the 'reality' of their condition (and who) are in this sense undeserving of treatment...Those who cannot be fitted into a scheme of objective bodily illness yet refuse to be placed into and accept the stigma of mental illness remain the undeserving sick of our society and our health service"[5]
  • MEActionUK Quotes from Mike Sharpe

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  1. Sharpe, M; Chalder, T; Johnson, AL; Goldsmith; White, PD (2017), "Response to: Do more people recover from chronic fatigue syndrome with cognitive behaviour therapy or graded exercise therapy than with other treatments?", Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior, 5 (1), doi:10.1080/21641846.2017.1288629 
  2. Schröder, Andreas; Ørnbøl, Eva; Jensen, Jens S.; Sharpe, Michael; Fink, Per (2017), "Long-term economic evaluation of cognitive-behavioural group treatment versus enhanced usual care for functional somatic syndromes", Journal of Psychosomatic Research, doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2017.01.005 
  3. Sharpe, M; Chalder, T; Palmer, I; Wessely, S (1997), "Chronic fatigue syndrome. A practical guide to assessment and management" (PDF), Gen Hosp Psychiatry, 19 (3): 185-99, PMID 9218987, doi:10.1016/S0163-8343(97)80315-5 
  4. Criticism mounts of a long-controversial chronic fatigue study - Science Oct 2015
  5. Problems and Solutions?

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