New Indexes Based on Self-reported Questionnaires May Be Useful to Identify Fibromyalgia

New Indexes Based on Self-reported Questionnaires May Be Useful to Identify Fibromyalgia
Investigators created new indexes based on patients' self-reported questionnaires that may be useful identifying fibromyalgia in individuals who have been diagnosed with other rheumatic diseases. The study, "Fibromyalgia Assessment Screening Tool (FAST): clues to fibromyalgia on a multidimensional health assessment questionnaire (MDHAQ) for routine care," was published recently in The Journal of Rheumatology. Fibromyalgia is a complex condition characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and memory and mood issues. As with most rheumatic diseases, there is no “gold standard” diagnostic marker that can be used to accurately identify the presence of fibromyalgia. In 1990, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) defined the first diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia, but this set of guidelines was considered by many as highly subjective, time-consuming, and noninclusive. In an attempt to improve this system, the ACR released new diagnostic criteria in 2010 designed specifically to facilitate their application in clinical practice. In 2011, a modification was added to the diagnostic criteria so that it included the pa
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