Psychological therapies for chronic widespread pain and fibromyalgia syndrome

Winfried Häuser, Gareth Jones

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Psychological factors such as adverse childhood experiences, traumatic life events, interpersonal conflicts and psychological distress play an important role in the predisposition, onset and severity of chronic widespread pain (CWP) and fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). Therefore, psychological therapies might have the potential to reduce disability as well as symptom and economic burden in patients with CWP and FMS. Recent interdisciplinary guidelines have suggested different strengths of recommendation for psychological therapies for FMS. The aims of this narrative review are to summarise: • Mechanisms of actions. • Evidence on efficacy, tolerability and safety. • Knowledge gaps and needs for future research of psychological therapies for CWP and FMS for non-mental health professionals.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101416
Number of pages12
JournalBest Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology
Issue number3
Early online date31 May 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

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The authors declare that they have non-financial conflicts of interest related to the paper.


  • Chronic widespread pain
  • fibromyalgia syndrome
  • Psychological therapies
  • Narrative review


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