The social network characteristics of fibromyalgia patients compared with healthy controls.

@article{Bolwijn1996TheSN,
  title={The social network characteristics of fibromyalgia patients compared with healthy controls.},
  author={Paulien H. Bolwijn and Marijke H.M. van Santen-Hoeufft and H. W. M. Baars and Charles David Kaplan and S j van der Linden},
  journal={Arthritis care and research : the official journal of the Arthritis Health Professions Association},
  year={1996},
  volume={9 1},
  pages={
          18-26
        }
}
OBJECTIVE To assess structural social network characteristics and perceived loneliness in fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) patients and healthy controls. METHODS A cross-sectional, retrospective, case-control design was employed using a structured interview and a self-report questionnaire. We studied 25 female FMS patients and 25 matched healthy female controls. RESULTS FMS patients had statistically significantly (P < 0.05) more intimate friends (mean 4.5) and more health care providers (mean 1… CONTINUE READING
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