What are the benefits of self-assessments in the workup of fibromyalgia?

Updated: Nov 14, 2018
  • Author: Chad S Boomershine, MD, PhD, CPI, CPT; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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While waiting to see the physician, the patient, in a few minutes, can complete a simple self-report form [100] that incorporates visual analogue scales for pain and fatigue and a global self-assessment of overall status, along with validated scales for physical and psychological health status such as the following:

  • Modified Health Assessment Questionnaire
  • Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire
  • Checklist of current symptoms
  • Scales for helplessness and cognitive performance
  • The Physician Health Questionnaire–9 for depression
  • The Generalized Anxiety Disorder–7 questionnaire for anxiety
  • The Mood Disorder Questionnaire to screen for bipolar disease

Easily adaptable to a busy practice, the use of self-report forms provides information that is invaluable for the psychosocial assessment of pain, both for aiding with diagnosis and monitoring response to therapy.


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