Researchers Develop New Activity Pacing Scale For Fibromyalgia Patients

Researchers Develop New Activity Pacing Scale For Fibromyalgia Patients
Activity pacing has been described as a pattern of activity, a behavior and a coping strategy. Pacing involves modifying activities to improve function and reduce disability. Accordingly, pacing is frequently advised in pain management programs for long-term conditions (LTC), such as chronic low back pain, chronic widespread pain/fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). However, pacing is often interpreted in different manners and there is an absence of a widely accepted pacing scale. In a recent study entitled "Exploring patients’ opinions of activity pacing and a new activity pacing questionnaire for chronic pain and/or fatigue: a qualitative study" and published in the journal Physiotherapy, a team of researchers from the United Kingdom led by Dr.Deborah Antcliff from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester developed the Activity Pacing Questionnaire (APQ), conducting semi-structured telephone interviews to explore patients’ views and beliefs about the concept of pacing, together with the acceptability of the scale. A total of 16 adult patients that had been referred to physiotherapy out-patients departments in a North West England NHS Trust with primary diagnosis of chronic low back pain, chronic widespread pain/fibromyalgia and/or CFS/ME (all ≥3 months
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