ME Association’s 2010 Survey

A UK based charity survey (N = 4,217, female = 78% age range 11-66), asked respondents about their experiences of managing their ME. Perceptions of using 25 different approaches, including standard approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (n = 997), Graded Exercise Therapy (GET) (n = 906) and the LP (which was the third least used of the approaches, n = 101) were rated on a Likert scale.

The survey found that the LP received the highest percentage out of all the 25 approaches for those feeling they had ‘greatly improved’.

A summary of the reported results of the LP, and the two most used NICE approved approaches, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and GET (Graded Exercise Therapy) is presented in the table below.

The survey authors acknowledge that the sample used, recruited through its membership and website might not accurately represent all those with the condition using these approaches.

Category Intervention
LP

(n = 101)

CBT

(n = 997)

GET

(n = 906)

Greatly Improved 25.7% 2.8% 3.4%
Improved 18.8% 23.1% 18.7%
No Change 34.7% 54.6% 21.4%
Worse 7.9% 11.6% 23.4%
Much Worse 12.9% 7.9% 33.1%

Read the report here.