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Table 1 Response data to questions on the etiology of fibromyalgia

From: Attitudes towards fibromyalgia: A survey of Canadian chiropractic, naturopathic, physical therapy and occupational therapy students

   Response options (n) %
Survey items Student groups strongly disagree disagree uncertain agree strongly agree
Patients with FM have an as yet undiscovered physiological abnormality PT/OT (1) 2% (12) 20% (23) 38% (21) 34% (4) 7%
  DC (2) 1% (26) 18% (64) 45% (41) 29% (9) 6%
  ND (5) 4% (18) 14% (56) 42% (47) 35% (6) 5%
In most patients with FM, an underlying psychiatric illness is a prominent cause of their symptoms PT/OT † (5) 8% (24) 39% (19) 31% (12) 20% (1) 2%
  DC †   (26) 18% (38) 27% (70) 49% (8) 6%
  ND (6) 5% (33) 25% (40) 30% (50) 38% (2) 2%
Patients with FM typically demonstrate muscle tissue pathology on biopsy PT/OT † (1) 2% (12) 20% (23) 38% (21) 34% (4) 7%
  DC † (2) 1% (26) 18% (64) 45% (41) 29% (9) 6%
  ND † (5) 4% (18) 14% (56) 42% (47) 35% (6) 5%
  1. † Significantly different reply when compared to other professions (chi-squared test, 2-sided, p ≤ 0.05)
  2. FM = fibromyalgia
  3. PT/OT = physiotherapy or occupational therapy
  4. DC = chiropractic
  5. ND = naturopathic medicine