Six- and 24-month follow-up of pool exercise therapy and education for patients with fibromyalgia

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@article{a01aa06129bc485f99998cc38744c5b6,
title = "Six- and 24-month follow-up of pool exercise therapy and education for patients with fibromyalgia",
abstract = "Objective. To follow patients with fibromyalgia six and 24 months after they finished a six-month treatment programme. The programme comprised pool exercise therapy, adjusted to the patients' limitations, and education based on their health problems. Methods. Twenty-six patients were examined six and 24 months after the completion of the treatment programme with the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ), SF-36, the 6-minute walk test, and the Grippit measure. The values obtained at the follow-up examinations were compared with the baseline and post-treatment values. Results. As compared with baseline, symptom severity (FIQ, SF-36), physical function (FIQ, SF-36, 6-minute walk test) and quality of life (SF-36) still showed improvements six months after the completion of treatment (p < 0.05). Pain (FIQ, SF-36), fatigue (FIQ, SF-36), walking ability, and social function (SF-36) still showed improvements 2 years after the completion of the programme as compared with the baseline values (p < 0.05). No significant changes were found for these variables, when the values obtained at the two follow-up examinations were compared with those of the post-treatment examination. Conclusions. Improvements in symptom severity, physical function and social function were still found six and 24 months after the completed treatment programme.",
keywords = "education, aerobic, hydrotherapy, pool exercise, fibromyalgia, physical therapy, body awareness",
author = "K Mannerkorpi and M Ahlmen and Charlotte Ekdahl",
note = "The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Division of Physiotherapy (Closed 2012) (013042000)",
year = "2002",
language = "English",
volume = "31",
pages = "306--310",
journal = "Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology",
issn = "1502-7732",
publisher = "Taylor & Francis",
number = "5",

}