Online Mindfulness Intervention Improves Socioemotional Skills in Fibromyalgia

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An Online Mindfulness Intervention Targeting Socioemotional Regulation in Fibromyalgia: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial.

By Mary C. Davis PhD and Alex J. Zautra PhD

Abstract:

BACKGROUND: Patients with fibromyalgia (FM) experience pain as well as deficits in positive affect and social relations that are not explicitly addressed in most behavioral treatments.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to compare the effects of a 12-module online intervention targeting socioemotional regulation via mindful awareness/acceptance (MSER) with those of an attention-control treatment, healthy lifestyle tips (HT).

METHODS: Seventy-nine FM patients were randomly assigned to MSER or HT, with outcomes assessed via online diary reports of pain, coping efficacy, affect, and social relations. Multilevel analyses revealed greater improvements in social functioning, positive affect, and coping efficacy for pain and stress (all ps?<?.05) in MSER versus HT across the 6-week trial.

CONCLUSIONS: FM patients experience increases in self-efficacy for coping with pain and positive engagement in relationships, marginal increases in positive affect, and decreases in relationship stress from an automated online intervention that targets socioemotional regulation skills. Findings highlight the potential utility of widely accessible, low-cost intervention methods for fibromyalgia (Clinicaltrials.gov number NCT01748786).

Source: Annals of Behavioral Medicine, May 14, 2013. By Mary C. Davis PhD and Alex J. Zautra PhD. Department of Psychology, Arizona State University, P.O. Box 1104, Tempe, AZ, 85287-1104, USA, mary.davis@asu.edu.

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