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Editor’s note on correction to Crawley et al. (2018)
  1. Nick Brown1,2,3
  1. 1 Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH), Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  2. 2 Department of Paediatrics, Länssjukhuset Gävle-Sandviken, Gävle, Sweden
  3. 3 Department of Child Health, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
  1. Correspondence to Nick Brown, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH), Uppsala University, Uppsala 75237, Sweden; nickjwbrown{at}

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Crawley EM, Gaunt DM, Garfield K, et al. Clinical and cost-effectiveness of the Lightning Process in addition to specialist medical care for paediatric chronic fatigue syndrome: randomised controlled trial. Arch Dis Child 2018;103:155–64. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2017-313375.

This trial (ISRCTN81456207: registration July 31 st 2012) was originally submitted to Archives of Disease in Childhood (ADC) in May 2017 and underwent external peer review. It was accepted after one revision on July 28th 2017, was published online first on September 20th 2017 and in print in the February 2018 edition (Volume 103, issue 2).

The study tested the effectiveness of the Lightning Process, a neurolinguistic programming intervention used widely but never formally tested, in children and young people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) recruited between 2010 and 2013. Though the number of participants was small and the enrolment rate low, analysis suggested a benefit in terms of physical function (measured by the standard SF 36 scale) at both 6 and 12 months after intervention. Secondary analysis indicated that the treatment was likely to be cost effective.

In January 2018, ADC was contacted by a group of readers ( with specific criticisms of the paper. The authors were criticised for a lack of clarity with respect to International Committee of Medical …

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