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Diagnostic and therapeutic care pathway for fibromyalgia

Sarzi-Puttini, Piercarlo, Giorgi, Valeria, Atzeni, Fabiola, Gorla, Roberto, Kosek, Eva, Choy, Ernest H. ORCID:, Bazzichi, Laura, Häuser, Winfred, Ablin, Jacob N., Aloush, Valerie, Buskila, Dan, Amital, Howard, Da Silva, Jose A.P., Perrot, Serge, Morlion, Bart, Polati, Enrico, Schweiger, Vittorio, Coaccioli, Stefano, Varrassi, Giustino, Di Franco, Manuela, Torta, Riccardo, Øien Forseth, Karin Maria, Mannerkorpi, Kaisa, Salaffi, Fausto, Di Carlo, Marco, Cassisi, Gianniantonio and Batticciotto, Alberto 2021. Diagnostic and therapeutic care pathway for fibromyalgia. Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology 39 (3) 10.55563/clinexprheumatol/zcp5hz

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Early diagnosis and timely and appropriate treatments positively influence the history of fibromyalgia syndrome (FM), with favourable repercussions at clinical, psychological, social and economic levels. Notwithstanding, there are still significant problems with timeliness of diagnosis, access to pharmacological therapies – particularly to innovative ones – and appropriate and effective taking in charge of patients. All the aforementioned factors have a great impact on FM patients’ quality of life. Indeed, even though the World Health Organisation recognised FM as a chronic condition in the International Classification of Diseases 10th edition (ICD-10), many countries still fail to recognise the syndrome, and this negatively influences the capability to appropriately protect and care for patients. This is the case in several European Countries. In Italy, a few Regions have started to put in place precise indications for people suffering from FM, aiming at the implementation of diagnostic-therapeutic pathways. The Diagnostic-Therapeutic Care Pathway (DTCP) provides an important tool to meet the needs of patients suffering from chronic diseases. They present the organisation of an integrated assistance network. This includes a seamless path for disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment, by means of cooperation among physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
ISSN: 1593-098X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 June 2022
Date of Acceptance: 22 April 2021
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 02:52

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