Relaxation and guided imagery in hispanic persons diagnosed with fibromyalgia a pilot study

Victoria Menzies, Sunny H Kim

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Abstract

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain disorder affecting 2% of the population in the United States. Another 16 million Hispanics suffer from generically identified rheumatic diseases that likely include FM. Because there are few reported studies of Hispanics with FM, a pilot study using a repeatedmeasures pretest-posttest design investigated the effects of a 10-week mind-body intervention (visual imagery with relaxation) on symptom management. The change in means from baseline to week 10 demonstrated improvement in self-efficacy for managing pain and other symptoms and functional status. Visual imagery with relaxation is a mind-body intervention that may be used for symptom management in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-212
Number of pages9
JournalFamily and Community Health
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Complementary and alternative therapies
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Functional status
  • Minority health
  • Self-efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Medicine(all)

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