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Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia Medical Education

Rae Marie GleasonThe National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) has created two new opportunities for healthcare professionals (HCP) to become more informed about fibromyalgia and how to diagnose and treat it.

First, in October the NFA launched its Healthcare Professionals website, This is the only HCP professional website that offers access to the best in fibromyalgia education and resources, including:

  • Diagnosis and treatment options
  • Research updates – including current and historical scientific abstracts
  • Patient resources – brochures and other materials for HCPs to educate their patients
  • Education including CMEs/CEs.

Visit the site soon and often for the most up-to-date HCP information about fibromyalgia.

Second, realizing that physician education is vital to successful diagnosis and treatment of fibromyalgia, the National Fibromyalgia Association partnered with California State University at Fullerton and received a $300,000 grant from the UniHealth Foundation to create the FAME (Fibromyalgia Assessment, Management and Education) Project—a free, eight-module, online, fibromyalgia HCP continuing medical education program. It is the first grant awarded by the UniHealth Foundation specifically for fibromyalgia education. Launched in August, the program received CME-accreditation from the American Academy of Family Physicians. Other accrediting boards include the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners; the California Board of Registered Nursing; the California Physical Therapy Association; the National Board of Certified Counselors; and The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. The program creators are confident the program will help to reduce health disparities and improve the delivery of care to people affected by this life-altering disorder.

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Last updated on: February 22, 2011
First published on: November 1, 2008