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Table 1 The Self-Management Programme

From: Effects of a one week multidisciplinary inpatient self-management programme for patients with fibromyalgia: a randomised controlled trial

Day/Health profession Theme Goal/objectives Methods
Sunday evening Arrival   
Nurse Welcome and introduction Preparation for the week. Individual welcome
Group introduction (1 hr)
Monday Living with chronic disease   
Nurse My expectations   Individual and group
My diagnoses Clarify expectations. exercises, discussions
Living with chronic disease Awareness of the impact of the diagnoses. Teaching and discussion
Own goals Introduction to important issues such as learning and normal reactions to a chronic disease. Individual targeted focus. Writing goals (2.5 hrs)
Physiotherapist Exercise in swimming pool Learning exercises. Group exercises (0.5 hr)
Rheumatologist, Assistant doctor Medical consultation Check of status. Individual consultation (0.5 hr)
Tuesday Stress management Awareness of what triggers stress in everyday life. Individual exercise, group discussion Teaching about stressors and stress reactions (1 hr)
Understanding stress mechanisms.
Physiotherapist Exercising and relaxing Knowledge, exercises and relaxation. Teaching and exercises (1 hr)
Rheumatologist Disease and treatment Understanding mechanisms of the disease, what helps, and research. TeachingDiscussions (2 hrs)
Representatives from patient organizations Evening Meeting Patient organizations as external resource. Presentation of the organizations (1 hr)
Wednesday Self-management Awareness of own coping strategies, communication, values, choices. Connection between thoughts, feelings and bodily reactions. Exercises Discussions Teaching Guided imagery (2.5 hrs)
Ass. Occup.Therapist Activity Tour - walking in the local area Walking (0.5)
Occupational Therapist My priorities in daily life Awareness of how to affect own health through prioritization of daily activities and use of energy. Teaching
Discussion (1 hr)
Ass. occup.therapist My priorities in daily life,- daily activity Staying focused on positive activities. Creative activity or visiting a museum (1.25 hrs)
Thursday Health and social welfare Knowledge on health and social rights, work rights. Teaching
Social worker Discussions (2.5 hrs)
Ass. occup.therapist Nordic walking Trying new activities. Walking in groups (0.5 hr)
Occupational therapist Practical advice for everyday life Knowledge on ergonomics, regulation of activity, aids. Demonstration, testing and discussions (1.25 hrs)
Friday Healthy eating Consciousness about own diet. Teaching
Dietician Knowledge on nutrition, digestion, nutritional supplements and intolerance. Promotion of positive attitudes towards healthy eating. Discussions (2 hrs)
Nurse Evaluation and end of the program Experiences from the SMP. Oral and written evaluation
Focus on individual goals and the way forward. Sharing experiences (0.5 hr)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday evening Group session in smaller groups Articulating how to live with FM and how to find new coping strategies. Discussions lead by health- care professionals (1 hr)