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A Practical Resource for Practitioners, Patients and the Community

Fibromyalgia (FMS) (WHO International Classification of Diseases: M79.7 non articular rheumatism) is a multidimensional chronic pain disorder. It also comprises significant non-pain symptoms that can include sleep disturbance, non-restorative sleep, fatigue, musculoskeletal stiffness or cognitive dysfunction (ACR 1990 criteria(ACR, 2010 criteria).

Management is evidence-based (Eular 2008)

Fibromyalgia management is patient-centred and integrates evidenced-based medical care with education and the acquisition of self management skills. A tailored, step-wise approach guided by treatment outcomes and patient monitoring is recommended until there is greater understanding of the sub-groups within FMS.

Based on feedback from over 7,000 patients this site uses the Australian adapted chronic care frameworks that promote patient-centred holistic care and patient self efficacy to integrate FMS research findings into daily clinical practice (Flinders Program, 2012). These provide a cost effective and time limited management approach to FMS in Australian General Practice primary care settings. 

This chronic care framework enables early intervention, prevention and patient referrals using Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Medicare Items 721-732 (General Practice Managed Care, Care Planning and Team Care Arrangements).

Fibromyalgia patients benefit from a comprehensive assessment, that  addresses both the impact of the multiple symptoms in combination with the bio (disease) psychosocial issues which arise from having a chronic condition.

To maximise the effectiveness of treatment outcomes, it is important to engage patients during the assessment and care planning stages. This includes discussing a range of treatment options and expectations with patients towards shared goals and individualised treatment regimes.

Disclaimer:  This website is not intended to replace informed medical advice. It contains information for educational purposes only.

The content of this website is currently being reviewed and uploaded as the pages are evaluated.  Please email us at bpprojects@telstra.com to reach us for information.

Estimates are that as many as 1 million Australians experience this pain disorder.

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