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Effects of lifestyle physical activity on health status, pain, and function in adults with fibromyalgia syndrome
Fontaine KR, Haaz S
Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain 2007;15(1):3-9
clinical trial
4/10 [Eligibility criteria: Yes; Random allocation: Yes; Concealed allocation: No; Baseline comparability: Yes; Blind subjects: No; Blind therapists: No; Blind assessors: No; Adequate follow-up: No; Intention-to-treat analysis: No; Between-group comparisons: Yes; Point estimates and variability: Yes. Note: Eligibility criteria item does not contribute to total score] *This score has been confirmed*

OBJECTIVE: To test the effects of a lifestyle physical activity (LPA) program on health status, pain, fatigue, and function in adults with the fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). METHODS: Forty-eight sedentary adults with FMS were randomized to either LPA or a FMS education control (FME) group. The LPA participants gradually worked toward accumulating 30 minutes of self-selected moderate-intensity LPA, five to seven days per week. Thirty-four participants (71 percent) completed the study. RESULTS: The LPA group increased their physical activity by 70 percent, as assessed by pedometer. Seventy-one percent of participants randomized to LPA reported that their health status was improved, compared with 25 percent of the FME group (p = 0.013). There were no statistically significant post-intervention differences between the LPA and FME groups in pain, fatigue, FMS impact, or six-minute walk distance. CONCLUSION: The LPA group increased their physical activity and improved global ratings of FMS-related change. Lifestyle physical activity might be a new way to assist persons with FMS to become more physically active.
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