Centre for Welfare Reform criticises PACE trial

The Centre for Welfare Reform has published a 64-page report criticising the PACE trial and relating the study to the debate over welfare reform and cuts to disability benefits in the UK.
The report’s author, George Faulkner, discusses how the biopsychosocial model has helped create a climate in Britain in which the sick are seen as having an ability and a duty to rehabilitate themselves by altering their thoughts and behaviour.
Faulkner points out serious shortcomings in biopsychosocial research and writes, “Had homeopaths or a pharmaceutical company conducted a trial and presented results in the manner of the PACE trial the British research community would have been unlikely to overlook its problems.”
He also discusses the links between the biopsychosocial movement, the government, and the insurance industry. He concludes, “The way in which the biopsychosocial model has been used and promoted, without good supporting evidence for many of the claims being made, is unethical.”
The Centre for Welfare Reform, a network of researchers who focus on matters of social justice, said, “PACE… provides a clear example of the problems which can affect academic research and distort our understanding of important issues.”
Dr Simon Duffy, the organisation’s director, said that in PACE, “pain and fatigue have been reclassified as recovery and now medical researchers fight to keep important information from the public.”
Writing in the Huffington Post about the report, Duffy said, “Another analysis of this research in the Journal of Neurology and Neurobiology proposes that the therapies recommended by the PACE trial are so harmful that, if they were medicines, they would be withdrawn from the market.”
Mr Faulkner, an independent researcher, said that he “did not intend to write this report.” He had been asked to write a summary of others’ concerns about PACE but “What was expected to be two weeks of work led to three years of research and fact-checking, along with the grim realisation that the problems in this area were so serious and widespread that that no-one could hope to explore them comprehensively.”

Facebook
Twitter
WhatsApp
Email

1 thought on “Centre for Welfare Reform criticises PACE trial”

  1. This report is a real eye opener the most stunning read yet for those in support of the fight against the injustices of PACE.

Comments are closed.

Latest News

black rectangle image, the #NotJustFatigue logo is yellow lettering in a black box. On the right hand side the words Community member launching a new website today. website www.notjustfantigue.com at the bottom and the #MEAction logo in the bottom right hand corner.

#NotJustFatigue – Community Member Launching A New Website Today!

#MEAction is excited to announce community member, Elizabeth Ansell, created a new website, #NotJustFatigue, launching today, March 1, 2024! This website was created with the hopes it will help describe ME to those who do not know anything about ME. It is a site for people to share with their family and friends. #MEAction is

Read More »
a dark plum square image with a brownish/purple square in the middle. The #MEAction logo is at the top center. the words: black ME voices: q&a with Teona Studemire are in a fancy white font. Black history month is at the bottom of the square surrounded by two black stars.

 Black ME Voices: Q&A with Teona Studemire

With it being Black History Month, it was crucial to me to make sure we spotlighted someone from the ME/CFS and Long COVID community who is Black. Being Black and disabled is an entirely different experience. Not only do we deal with ableism, but we also deal with racism, especially medical racism. According to the

Read More »
Scroll to Top