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Table 2 Response data to questions on assessment and diagnosis 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
FM is a useful diagnosis PT/OT † (1) 2% (3) 5% (17) 28% (35) 57% (5) 8%
  DC † (4) 3% (49) 35% (48) 34% (37) 26% (4) 3%
  ND (3) 2% (31) 23% (35) 26% (59) 44% (5) 4%
Post-traumatic FM is a valid clinical diagnosis PT/OT † (1) 2% (5) 8% (47) 77% (6) 10% (2) 3%
  DC (1) 1% (19) 13% (83) 59% (39) 28%  
  ND † (3) 2% (10) 8% (61) 46% (53) 40% (5) 4%
The tender point threshold (11 of 18), as defined by the ACR, provides useful information in the assessment of patients presenting with widespread musculoskeletal pain PT/OT (1) 2% (17) 28% (20) 33% (21) 34% (2) 3%
  DC † (15) 11% (42) 30% (32) 23% (49) 35% (4) 3%
  ND † (1) 1% (24) 18% (26) 20% (73) 55% (8) 6%
It is important to test for control points when performing tender point testing PT/OT   (1) 2% (17) 28% (23) 38% (20) 33%
  DC (1) 1% (5) 4% (32) 23% (67) 47% (37) 26%
  ND †   (6) 5% (35) 26% (72) 54% (18) 14%
A positive response on control point testing makes it far less likely that the person suffers from FM PT/OT   (17) 28% (34) 56% (8) 13% (2) 3%
  DC † (6) 4% (40) 28% (61) 43% (31) 22% (3) 2%
  ND (2) 2% (40) 30% (69) 52% (15) 11% (5) 4%
  1. † Significantly different reply when compared to other professions (chi-squared test, 2-sided, p ≤ 0.05).
  2. FM = fibromyalgia
  3. ACR = American College of Rheumatology
  4. PT/OT = physiotherapy or occupational therapy
  5. DC = chiropractic
  6. ND = naturopathic medicine