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Fibromyalgia syndrome care of Iraq- and Afghanistan-deployed Veterans in Veterans Health Administration

April F. Mohanty, MPH, PhD, et al.

Among Iraq- and Afghanistan-deployed Veterans, 1 percent were diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome. Most had combined care (defined as regular primary care combined with mental health and/or rheumatology specialty care visits), which can be important for expert management of fibromyalgia syndrome and common comorbidities. Combined care is a recommended practice, but in our sample, it was associated with greater likelihood of prescription of opioid medications, which is not a recommended treatment for fibromyalgia syndrome. Combined care was also associated with greater likelihood of prescription of nonopioid pain medications. These results indicate possible benefits of combined care but also reflect the probable greater complexity of Veterans receiving combined care.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.10.0265

Volume 53 Number 1, 2016
   Pages 45 — 58


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Mohanty AF, Helmer DA, Muthukutty A, McAndrew LM, Carter ME, Judd J, Garvin JH, Samore MH, Gundlapalli AV. Fibromyalgia syndrome care of Iraq- and Afghanistan-deployed Veterans in Veterans Health Administration. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2016;53(1):45–58.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.10.0265
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