Sharpening Fibromyalgia Diagnosis and Management Skills: Improving the Patient Experience
Release Date: November 22, 2013
Last Reviewed: November 21, 2013
Expiration Date: November 22, 2014
Time to Complete Activity: 1.75 hours

*This activity expired for credit on November 22, 2014 and is no longer available for credit
Lesley M. Arnold, MD (Chair)
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati, OH
Jan F. Chambers
National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association
Logan, UT
Bill H. McCarberg, MD
Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor
University of California
Chronic Pain Management Program
Kaiser Permanente – San Diego
San Diego, CA
Annette Schwind
Fibromyalgia Patient
Pequannock, NJ
The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of primary care practitioners—physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants—as well as pain specialists, rheumatologists, and neurologists involved in the treatment of patients with fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia affects an estimated 10 million Americans, often interfering with their ability to function. It is marked by chronic widespread pain and a host of somatic symptoms that negatively affect daily tasks and major life decisions. This lively and diverse CME-certified on-demand webinar focuses on how to diagnose and treat fibromyalgia (pharmacologically and nonpharmacologically), how to manage the whole patient, and how to foster a productive relationship with patients dealing with this complex condition. Clinicians must recognize that, to successfully manage the fibromyalgia patient, a multifaceted, individualized approach integrating all of these strategies is required. Too often, healthcare professionals consider fibromyalgia a psychological illness rather than a true medical condition. This webinar—conducted by two fibromyalgia expert clinicians, a fibromyalgia patient advocacy professional, and a fibromyalgia patient—will educate healthcare practitioners, through evidence-based data and real-life experiences, on the fact that those beliefs are no longer accepted. It will instruct learners on how to start a productive and respectful clinician/patient relationship that will lead to the improvement of care and quality of life of fibromyalgia patients.
Upon proper completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
  • Identify the evidence-based criteria that suggest a diagnosis of fibromyalgia
  • Describe the evidence-based pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatment strategies that are available to manage fibromyalgia
  • Explain how to use communication techniques to improve active listening and foster an open dialogue with the fibromyalgia patient
The content of this webinar is viewable on-demand, and participants may navigate through the chapters in any order and at their own pace at their convenience.
  1 minute
Chapter 1
Diagnosis and Integrated Treatment of Fibromyalgia
13 minutes
Chapter 2
Fibromyalgia Diagnosis in the Primary Care Setting
11 minutes
Chapter 3
Making and Confirming the Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia with the Patient
11 minutes
Chapter 4
Review of Pharmacologic Therapies
13 minutes
Chapter 5
Review of Evidence-Based Nonpharmacologic Therapies for Fibromyalgia
11 minutes
Chapter 6
Team Approach to Treatment : Be Proactive, Be Prepared
13 minutes
Chapter 7
Integrate the Patient Into Your Treatment Plan
14 minutes
Chapter 8
Maintain Focus on Patient Progress Over Time
14 minutes
Additional Resources
  3 minutes
In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, faculty and contributors are asked to disclose any relationships with commercial interests associated with the area of medicine featured in the activity. These relationships are described below.
Lesley M. Arnold, MD
Grant/Research Support: AstraZeneca; Eli Lilly and Company; Forest Laboratories, Inc.; Pfizer Inc; Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited; Theravance, Inc.
Retained Consultant: Daichii Sankyo Company, Ltd.; Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co., Ltd; Pfizer Inc; Purdue Pharma LP; Theravance, Inc.
Speakers Bureau: Pfizer Inc.
Jan F. Chambers
Has no financial relationships to report.
Bill H. McCarberg, MD
Retained Consultant: Iroko Pharmaceuticals, LLC; Pfizer Inc; Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Zogenix, Inc.
Annette Schwind
Has no financial relationships to report.
The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships:
Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC staff members Nancy Salerno and Audrie Tornow, CCMEP, and consultant scientific director Rae Marie Gleason have no financial conflicts to disclose.
Global Education Group staff members Amanda Glazar, PhD, and Ashley Marosca, RN, MSN, have no financial conflicts to disclose.
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Global Education Group designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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This program has been approved for 1.75 contact hours of continuing education (which includes 0.25 hours of pharmacology).
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This activity is supported by an educational grant from Forest Laboratories, Inc.  
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