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Management of Fibromyalgia Syndrome in 2016

About the Course:

Fibromyalgia is considered a prototypical example of a chronic pain syndrome characterized by pain centralization, amplification, and hypersensitivity. Despite comprising up to 20% of new rheumatology referrals, fibromyalgia remains a controversial condition and many sufferers spend frustrating years struggling to to receive a diagnosis and proper treatment for this condition that typically lacks objective confirmation of its presence and is commonly a diagnosis of exclusion. This article provides information regarding management of fibromyalgia to include medical treatment options and behavioral health approaches.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Management of Fibromyalgia Syndrome in 2016 created by Akiko Okifuji, PhD and Jeff Gao, MD in 2016.

Publication Date:

Pain Management, 6(4) 2016

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Akiko Okifuji, PhD
Akiko Okifuji, PhD is Professor of Anesthesiology, Scott M Smith MD Presidential Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology at the University of Utah. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who is specialized in the psychosocial evaluation and management of chronic pain. She is also a pain researcher. Her current research interests include rehabilitative approaches to fibromyalgia, weight management in chronic pain, women’s issues in chronic pain, cost effectiveness of multidisciplinary pain care approaches, and cognitive-behavioral aspects of chronic pain. She is also a member of treatment team at the University of Utah Pain Management Center, where she provides behavioral medicine services to people with chronic pain.
Jeff Gao, MD
Jeff Ju Gao MD, MPH is a board-certified Anesthesiologist and Interventional Pain Specialist. He earned his medical degree with honors from the prestigious Peking University and trained in Cardiothoracic Anesthesia in China.

Course Creator

Keith Gibson, Ph.D.
Dr. Gibson is a Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years in research, clinical and consulting practice. He has also held leadership roles in research administration and program evaluation and more recently has specialized in program evaluation and system analysis. He draws upon his years of expertise as a practicing psychologist, administrator, researcher and technologist to help universities evaluate their programs to implement, meet, and maintain CACREP standards.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers who are working with chronic pain patients and their families. This course is appropriate for all levels of participants and the content is at an intermediate level.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify US FDA-approved pharmacological treatments for fibromyalgia.
  2. Discuss the use of opioids in the treatment of fibromyalgia.
  3. Describe nonpharmacological treatments for fibromyalgia.
  4. Identify potential barriers to the treatment of fibromyalgia.

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Course Number 102293
1.25 CE credit hour
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Exam Fee $7.46
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