Fibromyalgia Self-management Program Shows Short-term Benefit to Patients

Fibromyalgia Self-management Program Shows Short-term Benefit to Patients
People with fibromyalgia enrolled in a new patient education program that emphasizes disease self-management were found to have better disease knowledge compared to patients in the usual care program, at least in the short to medium term. The study, “Evaluation of a self-management patient education programme for fibromyalgia—results of a cluster-RCT in inpatient rehabilitation,” was published in the journal Health Education Research. People with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) have chronic widespread pain and other symptoms, including fatigue, disturbed sleep, cognitive issues, and depression. FMS guidelines recommend multidisciplinary treatment, including medical treatment, psychological therapy, exercise therapy, disease education, and social counseling. Psychological treatments and disease education in particular have shown small but robust beneficial effects. German researchers developed a self-management patient education program led by physicians, psychologists, and physiotherapists. It covered topics including diagnosis and treatment of FMS, coping strategies for pain and stress, and incorporation of physical activity into everyday life. This program was focused specifically on self-management of the disease. Researchers set out to assess the effectiveness of this program on its ability to promote disease understanding and self-management competencies (patients' ability to manage their own condition) compared to the usual care education (control group). A total of 583 patients were enrolled in a clinical trial (DRKS00008782) an
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