4 years ago

EULAR recommendations for management of fibromyalgia

The EULAR recommendations for the management of fibromyalgia are based on more than 100 reviews and meta-analyses of individual therapies and medicines.1 Thus, the quality of the evidence in making recommendations on effectiveness and efficacy is generally very high. In contrast, there is little published research evaluating models of care for patients with fibromyalgia, and thus this aspect of the recommendations is based on expert opinion of the working group, which was drawn from throughout Europe and across specialties.

Mercieca and Borg2 provide an alternative model of care based on the practice within their own hospital. Their study and evaluation has not been published, and therefore there is not sufficient detail provided for us to evaluate it. However, there are features of the pathway outlined that are unappealing and directly contradict the EULAR recommendations. Their first-line approach is prescription of medication (stated as ‘if required’),...

Publisher URL: http://ard.bmj.com/cgi/content/short/76/12/e54

DOI: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2017-211587

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