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Table 1 Description of lifestyle physical activity (LPA) and fibromyalgia education (FME) protocols*

From: Effects of lifestyle physical activity on perceived symptoms and physical function in adults with fibromyalgia: results of a randomized trial

Component LPA FME
Three, two-hour FM education and support meetings NO YES
Physical activity intervention delivered in six, one-hour meetings YES NO
Wear pedometer and keep a physical activity log YES NO
Prescribed physical activity YES NO
Approximately six hours of face-to-face contact time YES YES
Topics Covered During the Meetings   
"Physical Activity & FM"
Described FM (symptoms, diagnosis, treatment)/benefits of physical activity/demonstrated moderate-intensity LE/prescribed LE and self-monitoring/identified and addressed barriers to physical activity
(Sessions 1 & 2)
"FM: What is it and how is it diagnosed?"
Presented general information on the symptoms of FM and how it is diagnosed;
Discussion and social gathering
(Session 1)
"How to Keep Moving"
Discussed progress, effect on symptoms, goal setting, problem solving, importance of self-monitoring, provided feedback, and troubleshooting
(Sessions 3 & 4)
"What causes FM?"
Presented the latest information on the causes and consequences of FM;
Discussion and social gathering
(Session 2)
"Now It's Up To You"
Planned for setbacks & developed strategies to overcome them, set long-term goals, self-monitoring over the long-term
(Sessions 5 & 6)
"Treating FM"
Discussed of medical and non-medical approaches, including exercise, to treating FM;
Discussion and social gathering
(Session 3)
Accumulate ≥ 30 minutes of self-selected physical activity five to seven days per week
Did not alter their characteristic level of physical activity
  1. *FM, fibromyalgia; FME = fibromyalgia education; LPA, lifestyle physical activity