Treatment Satisfaction Varies Among Fibromyalgia Patients

Karen Lee Richards Health Guide
  • German researchers conducted a study to determine which patient-related factors might predict treatment satisfaction for fibromyalgia patients.


    Study Design and Results


    In a cross-sectional survey, 1,651 FM patients answered demographic and medical questionnaires and rated their treatment satisfaction on an 11-point Likert scale.


    There was considerable variety regarding treatment satisfaction:

    • 14.8% reported no satisfaction.

    • 31.7% reported low satisfaction.

    • 40.8% reported moderate satisfaction.

    • 12.7% reported high satisfaction.

    The researchers found that higher treatment satisfaction was predicted by:

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    • Longer time since FMS diagnosis.

    • Improved health status since FMS-diagnosis.

    • Lower depression score.

    • Higher amount of active therapies.

    Other sociodemographic (age, gender etc.) and disease-related variables (polysymptomatic distress intensity) did not influence treatment satisfaction.


    The researchers concluded, “The results of the study illustrate the influence of patient-related factors on treatment satisfaction. Treating comorbid depression and enabling patients to actively cope with the disease might prove successful in improving treatment satisfaction of FMS-patients.”


    How satisfied are you with treatments you have tried? Which treatments have been the most beneficial for you?



    Source: Lauche R. “Patient-related predictors of treatment satisfaction of patients with fibromyalgia syndrome: results of a cross-sectional survey.” Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology. May 27, 2013.


Published On: November 26, 2013