UK Research Team Launches Clinical Trial Aimed At Fibromyalgia And Chronic Widespread Pain Onset Prevention

UK Research Team Launches Clinical Trial Aimed At Fibromyalgia And Chronic Widespread Pain Onset Prevention
A U.K. research group has launched what they say is the first ever randomized clinical trial conducted with the objective of preventing the onset of chronic widespread pain (CWP -- the characteristic feature of fibromyalgia). Led by Clinical Professor of Epidemiology and department Chair Gary J. Macfarlane and Study Coordinator Marcus Beasley of the Epidemiology Group at the University of Aberdeen School of Medicine Institute of Applied Health Sciences School of Medicine and Dentistry in Aberdeen, UK, the research team, which includes investigators from other U. Aberdeen departments, the University of Huddersfield, at Huddersfield, UK, Keele University, at Keele, UK, and the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, will recruit persons at high risk of developing CWP and they will be randomly allocated to receive either usual care or eight sessions of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) delivered by telephone. Potentially eligible subjects will be identified through a large-scale population survey. The University of Aberdeen Epidemiology Group conducts work on the epidemiology of specific clinical conditions, with a focus on modifiable risk factors, to inform the design of clinical trials and public health interventions. The study is being funded by Arthritis Research UK, with treatment costs from the National Health Service's (NHS) Grampian, Highland and Greater Glasgow and Clyde health boards. In an Open Access article published in the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders entitled "The Maintaining Musculoskeletal Health (MAmMOTH) Study: Protocol for a randomized trial of cognitive behavioural therapy versus usual care for the prevention of chronic widespread pain" (BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2016 Apr 26;17(1):179. DOI: 10.1186/s12891-016-1037-4), coauthors Gar
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