Care of patients with fibromyalgia: assessment and management
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Care of patients with fibromyalgia: assessment and management

Sarah Ryan Nurse consultant in rheumatology, Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust, Haywood Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent

Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain, muscle stiffness, unrefreshed sleep and fatigue. The condition is associated with several physical and psychological manifestations, including irritable bowel syndrome and anxiety. The efficacy of drug therapy is limited, therefore the nurse has an important role in providing advice and guidance on symptom management to optimise functioning for patients.

Nursing Standard. 28, 13,37-43. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.11.28.13.37.e7722

Received: 01 April 2013

Accepted: 02 September 2013

Published in print: 27 November 2013

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review