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‘It’s helped me to learn to deal with it’: a mixed methods service evaluation of a multicomponent fibromyalgia service


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  1. Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, UCLH NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.
  2. Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, UCLH NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.
  3. Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, UCLH NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.
  4. Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, UCLH NHS Foundation Trust and University of West London, UK. john.hughes8@nhs.net

CER15509
2022 Vol.40, N°6
PI 1189, PF 1193
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PMID: 35748716 [PubMed]

Received: 20/01/2022
Accepted : 29/04/2022
In Press: 23/06/2022
Published: 23/06/2022

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:
To evaluate the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM) multicomponent fibromyalgia service.
METHODS:
Mixed methods approach consisting of the completion of validated quantitative outcome measures (Patient Health Questionnaire-9; Generalised Anxiety Disorder-7; Pain Catastrophising Scale; Patient Self-Efficacy Questionnaire) pre- and post-treatment to explore the impact of treatment; and qualitative focus groups with patients at their follow-up appointments to explore patients’ experiences and perspectives on the service.
RESULTS:
138 fibromyalgia patients attended the RLHIM group fibromyalgia service during the period of the evaluation. Baseline scores demonstrate that patients were significantly impaired pre-treatment according to all outcome measures. At the end of the course of treatment, scores for all outcome measures showed clinically and statistically significant improvements. These improvements were maintained at both 6- and 9-month follow-up appointments. Qualitative analysis indicated that those participating valued the multicomponent treatment approach, and perceived the service as having a positive impact on their fibromyalgia and overall quality of life, enabling patients to effectively manage their condition.
CONCLUSIONS:
Patients attending the RLHIM multicomponent fibromyalgia service appear to have demonstrable improvements in presenting symptoms, and quality of life. The findings support a multicomponent approach to the treatment of fibromyalgia.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.55563/clinexprheumatol/m1ijpc

Rheumatology Article