Awareness of diagnostic and clinical features of fibromyalgia among orthopedic surgeons

Shlomo Bloom, Jacob N. Ablin, David Lebel, Ehud Rath, Yifat Faran, Shir Daphna-Tekoah, Dan Buskila

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Abstract

Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is a chronic pain syndrome characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue. The current study was designed to evaluate the awareness and skills of orthopedic surgeons (OS) regarding FMS diagnosis and treatment. For the examination of awareness and familiarity of OS in Israel to Fibromyalgia, a questionnaire-based survey was conducted. Two hundred and nineteen OS, residents and specialists, were asked anonymously about awareness, knowledge, and treatment of FM. Multivariable statistical analysis was performed. 91 % (199) of responders reported that they recognized the disease. Notwithstanding, the mean knowledge score was 7.6 out of 17. In addition, OS who were trained in the south of Israel were found to have a better degree of knowledge about FM (9.7 vs. 7.4; p<0.03). The awareness and knowledge among OS regarding FM needs to be improved. OS who were trained in the south of Israel were found to have better degree of knowledge regarding FM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)927-931
Number of pages5
JournalRheumatology International
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2013

Keywords

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Medical education
  • Orthopedic surgery

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