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OBJECTIVE To develop evidence-based recommendations for the management of fibromyalgia syndrome. METHODS A multidisciplinary task force was formed representing 11 European countries. The design of the study, including search strategy, participants, interventions, outcome measures, data collection and analytical method, was defined at the outset. A(More)
OBJECTIVE Fibromyalgia symptoms such as continuous pain, tiredness, hyperalgesia, and allodynia limit gainful employment. The present study examines which factors influence the decision to remain in a work role for women with fibromyalgia. This information is important for the individual and for public finances. METHODS Qualitative interviews were(More)
PURPOSE To explore disability in women with fibromyalgia with a focus on their work situation. METHOD Review of literature on work status of women with fibromyalgia. RESULTS Major differences exist between studies in reported disability and in the percentages of women working. Limitations caused by pain, fatigue, decreased muscle strength, and endurance(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify factors of importance for women with fibromyalgia (FM) to continue working despite the limitations imposed by the symptoms. METHODS A mail questionnaire with questions regarding social background, symptoms, sickness benefits, work situation, work conditions and adjustments, opinions regarding own work ability, and satisfaction with(More)
BACKGROUND This population study based on a representative sample from a Swedish county investigates the prevalence, duration, and determinants of widespread pain (WSP) in the population using two constructs and estimates how WSP affects work status. In addition, this study investigates the prevalence of widespread pain and its relationship to pain(More)
The influence of chronic pain on daily life was studied in 58 patients (55 women and three men) with fibromyalgia. The mean age was 45 +/- 11 (SD) years. A mail questionnaire including a 2-day diary was used for data collection. Information was gathered on social background, employment status, symptoms, physical training habits, patients' experience of(More)
Fifty-six patients with fibromyalgia, previously studied in 1984, were followed up after five years, using a mail questionnaire and a global health assessment instrument, the Sickness Impact Profile. The aim was to investigate the patients' perception of their symptoms and to describe the consequences for everyday life. Half of the patients reported that(More)
The study investigated how 39 women with fibromyalgia (FM), living in two countries (USA or Sweden), report the consequences of fibromyalgia on everyday life activities. Data were collected using questionnaires, diaries and interviews. The result showed that the impact on everyday life was considerable. The majority of the women experienced pain and fatigue(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the prevalence of current and chronic pain and their relationship to pain intensity, sex, age, income, employment status, citizenship, marital status, urban residence, occupational activity, and healthcare-seeking based on a representative sample from a Swedish county. METHODS A cross-sectional survey using a postal questionnaire(More)
Fibromyalgia is currently classified as chronic widespread pain with widespread allodynia to pressure pain. There are few data describing pain characteristics, quality of life, consequences for daily living, and psychosocial status in patients who meet the classification criteria for fibromyalgia proposed by the American College of Rheumatology compared(More)