Fibromyalgia Therapy Should Include Mental Health, Too, Study Concludes

Fibromyalgia Therapy Should Include Mental Health, Too, Study Concludes
Physical, psychological, and social factors affect fibromyalgia patients' health-related quality of life, according to a study that used an advanced statistical model to examine the interplay of the factors. Patients with better physical capabilities and the confidence they can control situations related to their disease have better physical quality of life scores. Meanwhile, less physical capability, depression and anxiety impact their mental wellbeing. The study, "Determinants of quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia: A structural equation modeling approach,"  also noted that better mental-health treatment can improve patients' mental as well as physical quality of life. The research was reported in the journal PLOS ONE, While many studies have examined quality of life among fibromyalgia patients, researchers at the Chonnam National University Hospital and Medical School in Korea noted that most of the research has examined the influence of one or a few factors at a time. Quality of life in fibromyalgia patients is worse than in patients with other chronic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), studies have shown. Pain, depression, anxiety, lack of social support, and lack of self-efficacy — patients' confidence that they can control situations that could influence the impact of their disease — all contribute to a lower sense of wellbeing, research has indicated. In st
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