Group-based Approach Reduces Pain Magnification in Fibromyalgia

Pain Medicine News Mobile  by Rosemary Frei, MSc

A study comparing the use of a multidisciplinary program and standard treatment for patients with fibromyalgia suggests that the intervention can significantly improve some aspects of the disease up to three months post-intervention.

In a multicenter, randomized controlled trial presented in poster form at the Canadian Pain Society’s 2011 annual meeting, a team led by Patricia Bourgault, RN, PhD, randomized 28 people with fibromyalgia to the PASSAGE program and another 29 to usual care. They found the intervention significantly reduced subjects’ magnification of pain and significantly increased their ability to ignore pain sensations.


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