Tuesday, November 29, 2011

ACR2011 and Fibromyalgia (3)

Quite a lot of posters on fibromyalgia! I’ve taken a couple of abstracts as a couple of things might be new to one or another. It’s a very private selection. I won’t advocate some of the wonderdrugs the pharma industry is eager to promote.

Can Online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Help in Fibromyalgia

Gwendoline Menga and colleagues conducted a 12 week randomized controlled trial in patients with fibromyalgia and mild to moderate depression and anxiety. Patients on a 6-week Internet-based CBT program were compared to a control group (usual care). “Patients in the Internet-based MoodGYM CBT program had lower FIQ and TP scores at 6 and 12 week follow-ups.” One would have wished for more robust tools in testing change of depressive mood or anxiety. And looking for effect of 6 weeks of cognitive behavioral therapy on tender points seems to be going back in time.
Don’t get me wrong, I am an advocate for cognitive behavioral therapy, not as an online-program but in a clinical setting, which I’m doing right now with a group of six patients.

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Fibromyalgia: Can Online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Help?
Gwendoline Menga1, Bobby J. Dupre2, Carl Gauthier3, William E. Davis4, Tamika A. Webb-Detiege5, Eve Scopelitis3, Jerald M. Zakem4 and Robert Quinet6.
1Ochsner Clinic Center, New Orleans, LA, 2Ochsner Health System, Baton Rouge, LA, 3Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, LA, 4Ochsner Clinic, New Orleans, LA, 5Ochsner Medical Ctr, New Orleans, LA, 6Ochsner Medical Center - New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Conclusion: Patients in the Internet-based MoodGYM CBT program had lower FIQ and TP scores at 6 and 12 week follow-ups. Internet-based CBT could be beneficial therapy in the treatment of mild to moderate symptoms of depression and anxiety in

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