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Papers: 6 May 2023 - 12 May 2023

Education, Review

Human Studies, Neurobiology

Inflammation/Inflammatory, Musculoskeletal Pain

2023 May 10

Scand J Rheumatol


Effectiveness of patient education as a stand-alone intervention for patients with chronic widespread pain and fibromyalgia: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials.


Duhn PH, Wæhrens EE, Pedersen MB, Nielsen SM, Locht H, Bliddal H, Christensen R, Amris K


Patient education is recommended as an integral component of the therapeutic plan for the management of chronic widespread pain (CWP) and fibromyalgia (FM). The key purpose of patient education is to increase the patient’s competence to manage his or her own health requirements, encouraging self-management and a return to desired everyday activities and lifestyle. The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the evidence for the benefits and potential harms associated with the use of patient education as a stand-alone intervention for individuals with CWP and FM through randomized controlled trials (RCTs).