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Multidisciplinary group programs to treat fibromyalgia (FM) patients

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By Bennett RM • www.ProHealth.com • May 12, 1996


There are three realities that need to be understood by both
clinicians and patients: (1) fibromyalgia is a complex chronic
pain condition and current treatment is palliative rather
than curative; (2) the major aim of treatment is to improve
function, not abolish pain; and (3) a cycle of chronic pain,
stress, and psychological arousal often generates a set of
secondary symptoms. These secondary symptoms provide a
positive feedback loop that is amenable to modification by
cognitive-behavioral techniques. Multidisciplinary group
treatment programs are especially suited to such techniques;
their aim should be to maximize subsequent clinician-patient
interactions. Thus, a current concept of optimal management is
a blend of multidisciplinary group therapy and individualized
clinician-based treatment.




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