Advances in the treatment of Fibromyalgia (FM): current status & future directions

Despite significant efforts devoted to understanding the
etiopathogenesis of fibromyalgia, its treatment still presents
a challenge to practicing clinicians, who must recognize the
disorder and quantify the different symptoms in order to treat
it. This article discusses recent research to identify
sensitive and reliable measures for determining response to
treatment among patients with FM, and the elements of
therapeutic programs (pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic) for
patients with FM along with the empirical or theoretical basis
for their use. Future directions, including the need for
systematic, controlled outcome studies of therapies and
evaluation of variables which may mediate the effects of
treatment, as well as demonstration that the effects produced
in outcome studies generalize to settings beyond those in
which the studies are initially conducted, are also discussed.

Alarcon GS, Bradley LA

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