Health and Wellness Coaching May Improve Symptoms of Fibromyalgia, Study Finds

Health and Wellness Coaching May Improve Symptoms of Fibromyalgia, Study Finds
Fibromyalgia patients may benefit from combining their medication with health and wellness programs, according to a new study. The study, “A Pilot Study Of Health And Wellness Coaching For Fibromyalgia,” was published in the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. "A recent [study] has documented the effectiveness of health and wellness coaching (HWC) for a variety of chronic medical conditions,” the authors wrote. "The HWC approach employs health professionals trained in patient-centered coaching competencies. These include coaching tasks, knowledge, and skills. Coaching competencies are based upon evidence-based theories of behavior change, self-determination, self-efficacy, self-regulation, positive psychology, and motivational interviewing," they added. To determine whether health and wellness coaching (HWC) could be beneficial for fibromyalgia patients, nine women ages 18 to 65 with fibromyalgia were asked about their willingness to participate in a wellness coaching program. None of the patients were taking medications other than those for fibromyalgia, and there were no changes in these therapies during the study. At the study’s start, all patients were assessed with the Revised Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQR), which measures physical functioning, work status, depression, anxiety, sleep, pain, stiffness, fatigue, and well-being, and with the Brief Pain Inventory-Short Form (BPI), which measures pain intensity and interference with function. These measures were again performed six and 12 months after HWC. The health and wellness coaching study was carried
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2 comments

  1. Denise Bault says:

    Wow. A study with a whole nine women! At least they got to “phone it in” for a while. C’mon. Does this even qualify as an actual study? I believe that “healthy eating, sleep relaxation, exercise, self-compassion and mindfulness activities” not only help fibromyalgia patients, they help EVERYONE! The study says they also received ” pharmalogic management,” but doesn’t say what they were taking…

  2. Joana Fernandes, PhD says:

    Hi Denise,

    It’s true, the authors don’t say which medications (only mention “FDA-approved medication”). I completely understand your point of view.

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