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2020 Jan

Medicine (Baltimore)



Effectiveness of a multicomponent treatment versus conventional treatment in patients with fibromyalgia: Study protocol.


Araya-Quintanilla F, Gutiérrez-Espinoza H, Muñoz-Yánez M J, Cavero-Redondo I, Álvarez-Bueno C, Martinez-Vizcaíno V
Medicine (Baltimore). 2020 Jan; 99(4):e18833.
PMID: 31977878.


Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain syndrome characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and multiple symptoms. It is a common clinical condition whose etiology is unclear. Currently, there is no gold standard treatment for FM. Management of this condition is therefore aimed at reducing symptoms and maintaining the individual's ability to function optimally. Based on the principal symptoms and characteristics of individuals with FM, we hypothesized that the implementation of a multicomponent treatment (with physical exercise, cognitive behavioral therapy adding to a graded motor imagery program, and therapeutic neuroscience education) would be more effective than conventional treatment in women with FM. This paper describes the rationale and methods of study intended to test the effectiveness of multicomponent treatment versus conventional treatment in patients with FM.