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Fibromyalgia Study Seeking Participants to Complete an Online Survey

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Editor’s note: Do you feel like some people treat you differently because you have fibromyalgia? And if you take an opioid medication to help ease your pain, do you feel like people are judging you?

Researchers Drs. Andrea Pfalzgraf and Kim Jones are looking into whether people with fibromyalgia feel invalidated or stigmatized, and if so, how that is affecting their lives. If you have fibromyalgia, you can help them by filling out their survey and sharing your experiences.

Have you experienced stigma related to having Fibromyalgia?

National University of Natural Medicine, University of Washington, and Linfield College is conducting research on the topic of invalidation and stigma in adults who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Invalidation refers to “discounting” and a “lack of understanding” which people with fibromyalgia receive from their social environment.

The purpose of this study is to gather information from adults who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia about the following:

  1. Perceptions of Invalidation
  2. Perceptions of Opioid-Related Stigma

This study involves completing a one-time, online survey which should take about 30 minutes. Please note the survey is completely confidential and no personal identification of your information can be made. Your participation is essential to understand the impact of invalidation and stigma on people with fibromyalgia, particularly in relationship to using opioid pain medications. Your input will provide valuable information which will enhance scientific literature and may ultimately help improve patient care and treatment outcomes.

If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact the Principal Investigator, Andrea R. Pfalzgraf, MPH, PhD at apfalzgraf@nunm.edu

Please click on the link below (or copy and paste into a new browser) to complete the fibromyalgia survey and share your experiences.

https://survey.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bdwWcD2Pvpscd8x

Thank you in advance for you time and input!

Dr. Andrea R. Pfalzgraf, PhD, MPH
Research Fellow
National University of Natural Medicine & University of Washington

Dr. Kimberly Dupree Jones, PhD, FNP-BC, RN, FAAN
Dean & Professor
Linfield College, School of Nursing

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By ProHealth-Editor

Karen Lee Richards is ProHealth’s Editor-in-Chief. A fibromyalgia patient herself, she co-founded the nonprofit organization now known as the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) and served as its vice-president for eight years. She was also the executive editor of Fibromyalgia AWARE, the very first full-color, glossy magazine devoted to FM and other invisible illnesses. After leaving the NFA, Karen served as the Guide to Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for the New York Times website About.com, and then for eight years as the Chronic Pain Health Guide for The HealthCentral Network.To learn more about Karen, see “Meet Karen Lee Richards.”

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