What does a self-administered patient questionnaire on fibromyalgia assess?

Updated: Nov 14, 2018
  • Author: Chad S Boomershine, MD, PhD, CPI, CPT; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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The first section assesses the distribution of bodily pain using the same 19 body areas as in the WPI, with patients marking each area yes or no to indicate the presence of pain or tenderness in that area over the past week. Patients score 1 point for each painful or tender body area, yielding a self-report WPI score between 0 and 19, analogous to the WPI score in the physician-assessed diagnostic criteria.

The second section evaluates the severity of problems with daytime fatigue, nonrestorative sleep, and cognitive dysfunction (trouble thinking and remembering) using separate questions scored on 0-3 scales that range from 0 = no problem to 3 = a severe problem.

The third section asks patients whether they have experienced pain or cramps in the lower abdomen, depression, or headache during the past 6 months, with patients scoring 1 point for each positive symptom.


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