Patients' perceptions of exercise therapy in the treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome. Musculoskeletal Care.

JG McVeigh, A Millar, DA Hurley, JR Basford, GD Baxter

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    Objective: To identify patients' perceptions of the role and benefits of exercise in the treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS).Design: A postal questionnaire was mailed to all 225 members of the Northern Ireland Fibromyalgia Support Group. The questionnaire consisted of 19 questions and was sub-divided into four sections: i.e. (1) background information; (2) previous treatment; (3) opinions on the role of exercise in FMS and (4) current participation in, and barriers to, exercise. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics. Results: A response rate of 51.1% (115/225) was achieved. Forty nine percent of (57) respondents were receiving FMS-associated disability benefits and 13% (15) were working fulltime. All reported previous treatment for FMS. Ninety-six (84%) had received medication and 82 (71. %) exercise-based therapy. Just over half (n=42/82) of those who had participated in exercise therapy reported it to be an effective management strategy. Two thirds (n=48/71) of those who used bed rest, and over half (52/96) of those who used medications reported these interventions to be effective in the management of their FMS. Eighty-two per cent (n=94) "agreed" or "strongly agreed" that exercise improved fitness and 60% (n=69) "agreed" or "strongly agreed" that exercise increased feelings of well-being, but only 13.9% (n=16) reported that it reduced their pain. The most commonly reported barriers to exercise were fatigue (85%, n=98) and pain (73%, n=84). Conclusion: Exercise therapy is a common treatment for FMS, but while respondents accepted its general health benefits, the vast majority did not report that it reduced their pain.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages98-107
    JournalMusculoskeletal Care
    Volume1
    Publication statusPublished - 2003

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    Northern Ireland
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    McVeigh, JG., Millar, A., Hurley, DA., Basford, JR., & Baxter, GD. (2003). Patients' perceptions of exercise therapy in the treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome. Musculoskeletal Care. Musculoskeletal Care, 1, 98-107.
    McVeigh, JG ; Millar, A ; Hurley, DA ; Basford, JR ; Baxter, GD. / Patients' perceptions of exercise therapy in the treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome. Musculoskeletal Care. In: Musculoskeletal Care. 2003 ; Vol. 1. pp. 98-107.
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    McVeigh, JG, Millar, A, Hurley, DA, Basford, JR & Baxter, GD 2003, 'Patients' perceptions of exercise therapy in the treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome. Musculoskeletal Care.', Musculoskeletal Care, vol. 1, pp. 98-107.

    Patients' perceptions of exercise therapy in the treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome. Musculoskeletal Care. / McVeigh, JG; Millar, A; Hurley, DA; Basford, JR; Baxter, GD.

    In: Musculoskeletal Care, Vol. 1, 2003, p. 98-107.

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