Using Revised 2016 Criteria to Diagnose Fibromyalgia is Reliable and Valid, Study Says

Using Revised 2016 Criteria to Diagnose Fibromyalgia is Reliable and Valid, Study Says
The revised 2016 clinical criteria to diagnose fibromyalgia are reliable and valid, and improve on the previous version, a new study shows. The study, titled “Performance of the revised 2016 fibromyalgia diagnostic criteria in Korean patients with fibromyalgia,” was published in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases. The first criteria were developed in 1990 by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) to help physicians differentiate fibromyalgia (FM) from other chronic, widespread pain syndromes and make accurate diagnoses. Since then, ACR continues to update the guidelines for FM diagnosis at yearly intervals as new research emerges. The most recent update was released in 2016 with new criteria to minimize misdiagnosis of regional pain disorders and remove the previously confusing recommendations on diagnostic exclusions. To date, no study has assessed whether the 2016 criteria are better than the previous criteria (2010/2011). Therefore, using a Korean version of the 2016 revised criteria, a group of researchers explored whether these new guidelines were superior to the original in making accurate diagnoses of FM. The study enrolled 86 FM patients and 89 patients with various rheumatological disorders that were similar and could potentially be confused for each other, including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, osteoarthritis, and m
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