Abstract: Educating patients: Self-Management approaches

Disabil Rehabil. 2005 Jun;27(12):703-9.

Burckhardt CS.

Purpose. To review and evaluate approaches to educating patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS).

Methods. A narrative literature review was undertaken to summarize the published literature on patient education for FMS patients.

Results. A number of studies contain specific education strategies while others are combined with exercise or movement therapies or cognitive-behavioural therapy.

Conclusions. Self-efficacy provides an effective theoretical model from which to understand how patients change as a result of education strategies that focus on self-management. Programmes that combine education with cognitive-behavioural techniques and exercise are most effective in enhancing self-efficacy and decreasing symptoms of FMS.

PMID: 16012063 [PubMed – in process]

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