Brief interdisciplinary treatment program for fibromyalgia: Six to twelve months outcome

  • Oh T
  • Stueve M
  • Hoskin T
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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact and long-term benefit of a brief 1(1/2)-day fibromyalgia treatment program.

DESIGN: We assessed 6-12-mo outcome of 521 participants who underwent a 1(1/2)-day interdisciplinary fibromyalgia treatment program in a tertiary medical center. We administered three self-reported instruments: the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, the Short Form-36 Health Status Questionnaire, and a satisfaction survey, at baseline, and 6-12 mos after completing the fibromyalgia treatment program. The difference in the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire and Short Form-36 scores before and after the fibromyalgia treatment program was the main outcome measure.

RESULTS: Compared with baseline, the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire total score was decreased by a mean (SD) of 7.2 (17.7) points at follow-up (P < 0.001). All Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire subscales improved significantly at follow-up (all P < 0.001), except depression score (P = 0.67). The Short Form-36 scores improved significantly in all areas at follow-up (all P < 0.001), except general health perception (P = 0.58) and role emotional (P = 0.13).

CONCLUSIONS: A brief 1(1/2)-day fibromyalgia treatment program improves symptoms and quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia for 6-12 mos. Further clinical investigations are needed to compare this fibromyalgia treatment program with other programs and interventions.

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  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fibromyalgia treatment program
  • Long-term benefit
  • Quality of life

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  • Terry H. Oh

  • Michele H. Stueve

  • Tanya L. Hoskin

  • Connie A. Luedtke

  • Ann Vincent

  • Kevin G. Moder

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