Evaluation of multimodal treatment program for fibromyalgia (FM)

A quasi-experimental design was used to assess a multimodal pain

treatment program for female patients with fibromyalgia to

ascertain immediate and long-term effects. Laboratory and

self-report pain measures together with psychological measures

were obtained from patients who were tested up to 6 months

after treatment. Comparison data were also obtained from

fibromyalgia patients who failed to qualify for the treatment

program because of insurance coverage. Immediate and long-term

treatment effects were evident with the psychological measures

and the subjective pain measures but not with the laboratory

pain measures. Participants who attended the month-long

multimodal program achieved significant and positive changes

on most of the outcome measures. However, relapse prevention

must be addressed.

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