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Pain Research and Treatment
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 937873, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/937873
Research Article

Affective-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Fibromyalgia: A Randomized Controlled Trial

1Department of Psychology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA
2Department of Psychology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
3Department of Psychiatry, UMDNJ—Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA
4University Medical Center at Princeton, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA

Received 30 May 2011; Accepted 8 July 2011

Academic Editor: Chad Boomershine

Copyright © 2012 Robert L. Woolfolk et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A randomized controlled trial was conducted to assess the efficacy of an individually administered form of cognitive behavioral treatment for fibromyalgia. In an additive design, 76 patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia were randomly assigned to either the experimental treatment (affective-cognitive behavioral therapy, 10 individual sessions, one per week) administered concurrently with treatment-as-usual or to an unaugmented treatment-as-usual condition. Statistical analysis conducted at the end of treatment (3 months after the baseline assessment) and at a followup (9 months after the baseline assessment) indicated that the patients receiving the experimental treatment reported less pain and overall better functioning than control patients, both at posttreatment and at followup. The implications of these findings for future research are discussed.