UBC Graduate Research

A nurse practitioner best practice paper : literature synthesis of nonpharmacological and pharmacological management for pain in patients with fibromyalgia Nguyen, Linh


Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic, complex pain processing condition. Nurse Practitioners (NPs) play an important role in diagnosis and management of FM, as NPs, in primary care, are frequently the first healthcare providers to see patients with signs and symptoms of FM. However, FM can be difficult and challenging for novice NPs to interpret, diagnose and master. Surveys of patients with FM suggest that they would benefit from a greater understanding and acceptance of FM through education and support from their care providers (Clauw, 2014). NPs can provide this support and play a prominent role in helping patients manage their condition through continued education and being be up-to-date on current FM managements and recommendations. To complete requirements for a culminating project, this literature review explored the current nonpharmacological and pharmacological interventions for patients living with FM. Findings drawn from this evidence based review was constructed into a pamphlet, providing information, tips, and recommendations for novice NPs to be equipped with the knowledge and resources when encountering patients with FM.

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