Evaluation of multimodal treatment program for fibromyalgia

J Behav Med. 1998 Apr;21(2):163-78. doi: 10.1023/a:1018727924432.


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.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Female
  • Fibromyalgia / psychology
  • Fibromyalgia / rehabilitation*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • North Carolina
  • Pain Clinics
  • Pain Measurement / methods*
  • Program Evaluation / methods*
  • Reproducibility of Results