Cognitive-behavioral therapy for primary fibromyalgia

Academic Article


  • The purpose of cognitive-behavioral therapy is to teach individuals the skills necessary to control pain and disability as well as to believe that they can successfully employ these skills. Cognitive-behavioral therapy has been used successfully in patients with back pain and rheumatoid arthritis and represents a potentially effective intervention for patients with primary fibromyalgia. This article describes cognitive-behavioral treatment procedures, presents 2 experimental designs that may be used in randomized, controlled clinical trials of cognitive-behavioral therapy in patients with primary fibromyalgia and identifies the methodological features that should be included in the trials.
  • Published In

    Author List

  • Bradley LA
  • Start Page

  • 131
  • End Page

  • 136
  • Volume

  • 16
  • Issue

  • SUPPL. 19