New Group Intervention Program Found to Improve Self-Management of Fibromyalgia in Patients

New Group Intervention Program Found to Improve Self-Management of Fibromyalgia in Patients
A study recently published in the journal PLoS One showed that a group intervention program called PASSAGE was effective in helping patients with fibromyalgia cope with the disease. The study is entitled “Multicomponent Interdisciplinary Group Intervention for Self-Management of Fibromyalgia: A Mixed-Methods Randomized Controlled Trial” and was conducted by researchers at different Canadian universities and research centers. Fibromyalgia or fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a medical disorder characterized by a set of symptoms that includes widespread chronic musculoskeletal pain, incapacitating fatigue, stiffness and numbness in certain parts of the body, painful response to pressure, headaches, unrefreshing sleep (poor sleep quality), anxiety or depression and mood alterations. Fibromyalgia can affect people’s ability to conduct simple daily tasks, compromising their quality of life. It is estimated that 5 to 15 million Americans are affected by this disorder, especially women. The causes of fibromyalgia are unclear, but it is thought that genetic, neurophysiological and psychosocial mechanisms are involved. A study was previously established in 2007 that combined educational/psychological tools and exercise therapy for self-management of fibromyalgia. Now, researchers have developed a more structured, multicomponent, interdisciplinary group intervention program for the self-management of fibromyalgia based on the ISF – the PASSAGE Program (Programme d’Apprentissage de StratégieS d’Auto-Gestion Efficaces – Training Progr
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