Table 1

Description of lifestyle physical activity (LPA) and fibromyalgia education (FME) protocols*

Component

LPA

FME


Three, two-hour FM education and support meetings

NO

YES

Physical activity intervention delivered in six, one-hour meetings

YES

NO

Wear pedometer and keep a physical activity log

YES

NO

Prescribed physical activity

YES

NO

Approximately six hours of face-to-face contact time

YES

YES

Topics Covered During the Meetings

LPA

FME

"Physical Activity & FM"

Described FM (symptoms, diagnosis, treatment)/benefits of physical activity/demonstrated moderate-intensity LE/prescribed LE and self-monitoring/identified and addressed barriers to physical activity

(Sessions 1 & 2)

"FM: What is it and how is it diagnosed?"

Presented general information on the symptoms of FM and how it is diagnosed;

Discussion and social gathering

(Session 1)

"How to Keep Moving"

Discussed progress, effect on symptoms, goal setting, problem solving, importance of self-monitoring, provided feedback, and troubleshooting

(Sessions 3 & 4)

"What causes FM?"

Presented the latest information on the causes and consequences of FM;

Discussion and social gathering

(Session 2)

"Now It's Up To You"

Planned for setbacks & developed strategies to overcome them, set long-term goals, self-monitoring over the long-term

(Sessions 5 & 6)

"Treating FM"

Discussed of medical and non-medical approaches, including exercise, to treating FM;

Discussion and social gathering

(Session 3)

LPA

Accumulate ≥ 30 minutes of self-selected physical activity five to seven days per week

FME

Did not alter their characteristic level of physical activity


*FM, fibromyalgia; FME = fibromyalgia education; LPA, lifestyle physical activity

Fontaine et al. Arthritis Research & Therapy 2010 12:R55   doi:10.1186/ar2967

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