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Addressing Fibromyalgia: From Timely Diagnosis to Individualizing Treatment

Fibromyalgia is a common disorder characterized by widespread chronic pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, headaches, and cognitive impairment, which...

Available credits: 0.25

Time to complete: 15 minutes

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  • Overview

    Fibromyalgia is a common disorder characterized by widespread chronic pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, headaches, and cognitive impairment, which may fluctuate in intensity.  Symptoms of fibromyalgia overlap many other conditions, which may complicate its diagnosis.

  • Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

    In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative (TOPEC) requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. TOPEC resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs. 

    Faculty: 
    Paul J. Christo, MD, MBA
    Associate Professor
    Division of Pain Medicine
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Baltimore, MD

    Dr. Paul Christo has disclosed that he receives consulting fees from Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc.; Daiichi Sankyo; Egalet Corporation; and Insys Therapeutics.  He receives fees for media work from Algiatry, LLC.

    Reviewers/Planners/Authors:

    • Sean T. Barrett has nothing to disclose.
    • Barry A. Fiedel, PhD has nothing to disclose.
    • Kia K. Gray, MPH has nothing to disclose.
    • Jessica McGrory nothing to disclose.
    • Chris Prifte has nothing to disclose.
  • Learning Objectives

    After participating in this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

    • Demonstrate accurate and timely diagnosis of fibromyalgia within defined pathways to diagnosis, resulting in improved patient outcomes.
    • Effectively utilize validated diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia, resulting in optimized outcomes for affected patients.
    • Employ clinical skill sets required to provide a rigorous but individualized therapeutic approach to treating fibromyalgia frequently consisting of repeated changes in drug agent; oversight of polypharmacy; incorporation of non-pharmacologic adjunctive therapies; and application of essential medical or psychosocial support for comorbid conditions arising from fibromyalgia.
    • Formulate strategies to improve patient adherence to fibromyalgia treatment that leads to better therapeutic outcomes and enhanced quality of life.
  • Target Audience

    This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of neurologists, rheumatologists, pain medicine specialists, primary care physicians, other healthcare providers who manage patients with fibromyalgia

  • Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements

    The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Provider(s)/Educational Partner(s)

    Prova Education designs educational activities based on evidence-based medicine, needs and gaps analyses, learner feedback, and more. Its mission is to serve as an innovative and relevant resource for clinical content and educational interventions across a broad spectrum of specialties.

  • Commercial Support

    This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Daiichi-Sankyo.

  • Disclaimer

    The views and opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of TOPEC and Prova Education. This presentation is not intended to define an exclusive course of patient management; the participant should use his/her clinical judgment, knowledge, experience and diagnostic skills in applying or adopting for professional use any of the information provided herein. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients’ conditions and possible contraindications or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. Links to other sites may be provided as additional sources of information. Once you elect to link to a site outside of Prova Education you are subject to the terms and conditions of use, including copyright and licensing restriction, of that site.

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    Reproduction of this material is not permitted without written permission from the copyright owner.

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