Cognitive behavioural therapies do help people with fibromyalgia, experts confirm

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fibromyalgia, CBT, cognitive behavioural therapy, fibromyalgia informationCognitive behavioural therapies can reduce some key symptoms and disability of fibromyalgia, says a review by the European Pain Federation.

Experts trawled through the evidence looking for well-designed research and included data from 29 studies involving 2,509 people. They found that cognitive behavioural therapy worked better than staying on the waiting list, receiving treatment as usual or using other non-drug based therapies. Cognitive behavioural therapy reduced pain by 50% or more, improved health related quality of life by 20% or more, reduced negative mood, disability and fatigue.

“Cognitive behavioural therapies provided a clinically relevant benefit over control interventions in reducing some key symptoms of fibromyalgia and disability at the end of treatment,” the team concludes.

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