AJOT CE: Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy Interventions for Adults With Fibromyalgia: A Systematic Review
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Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education
Published: 2016
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Earn CE Credit With AJOT Articles!

Learn about tested treatment strategies by reading AJOT articles in your area of practice. Become an evidence-based practitioner and demonstrate your knowledge by passing the course exam.  Articles have been selected for their relevance to practice, fresh ideas, and strong evidence supporting treatment and the distinct value of OT.

Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)




This systematic review addresses the effectiveness of occupational therapy–related interventions for adults with fibromyalgia. This study examines literature between 200 and 2014, reviewing 322 abstracts from five databases. Forty-two Level I studies met the inclusion criteria. Studies were evaluated primarily with regard to the following outcomes: daily activities, pain, depressive symptoms, fatigue, and sleep. Strong evidence was found for interventions categorized for this review as cognitive–behavioral interventions; relaxation and stress management; emotional disclosure; physical activity; and multidisciplinary interventions for improving daily living, pain, depressive symptoms, and fatigue. There was limited to no evidence for self-management, and few interventions resulted in better sleep.



Janet L. Poole, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Professor and Program Director, Occupational Therapy Graduate Program, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; Patricia Siegel, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, is Lecturer II, Occupational Therapy Graduate Program, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Learning Objectives


1.      List symptoms of fibromyalgia and effect on occupational performance

2.      Describe the types of occupational-therapy related interventions that are used for adults with fibromyalgia

3.      Explain the efficacy of occupational therapy-related interventions for adults with fibromyalgia and implications for OT practice and research 

Learning Level: Intermediate


Target Audience: Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants


Content Focus: Category 1: Domain of OT; Category 2: OT Process: Intervention