What is the role of CBT in fibromyalgia treatment?

Updated: Feb 07, 2019
  • Author: Regina P Gilliland, MD; Chief Editor: Dean H Hommer, MD  more...
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CBT techniques emphasize changes in thought patterns and behaviors. [20] CBT can be performed in a 1-on-1 or group setting, with beneficial effects achievable in as few as 10 sessions. These techniques have been used in chronic pain treatment programs that manage patients with fibromyalgia.

A study that reviewed the results of 13 programs using CBT found that generally, CBT provided improvements in pain-related behaviors, coping strategies, and overall physical function. [21] However, providing CBT alone is not advantageous over group programs of exercise and/or education.


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