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Table 3 Top ten of most effective management strategies (0 = no benefit; 10 = maximum benefit)

From: The German fibromyalgia consumer reports – a cross-sectional survey

Effectiveness
Order Management strategy N; Mean benefit (SD)
(0-10) *
High benefit (8-10)
N (%)
1 Whole body warmth therapy 984; 7.1 (2.6) 507 (51.5)
2 Thermal bathes 699; 7.0 (2.7) 354 (50.6)
3 FMS education 649; 6.8 (2.7) 304 (46.8)
4 Resting 1296; 6.6 (2.5) 519 (40.1)
5 Local warmth therapy 1088; 6.6 (2.5) 452 (41.6)
6 Lymph drainage 481; 6.4 (2.8) 197 (41.0)
7 Functional training ** 781; 6.2 (2.7) 271 (34.7)
8 Warm bathes 681; 6.1 (2.9) 250 (36.7)
9 Osteopathy 445; 6.0 (3.1) 177 (38.8)
10 Dance therapy 159; 6.0 (2.9) 60 (37.7)
  1. * Note: The discrepancies between the number of persons in the different rows are due to missing items.
  2. ** Combination of land- and water-based exercises (stretching, aerobic exercise) guided by a licensed trainer; the costs are covered for two years by German health insurance companies if prescribed by a physician.
  3. The efficacy ratings of all management strategies are available on request.