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Table 3 Response data to questions on treatment of fibromyalgia

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

Domain & survey items   Response options (n) %
Treatment – role Student groups strongly disagree disagree uncertain agree strongly agree
My role in managing patients with FM is to provide symptom relief over functional gains PT/OT † (2) 3% (13) 21% (23) 38% (15) 25% (8) 13%
  DC (1) 1% (12) 9% (34) 24% (52) 37% (43) 30%
  ND † (1) 1% (5) 4% (25) 19% (45) 34% (56) 42%
My role in managing patients with FM is to promote functional gains over symptom relief PT/OT †    (3) 5% (12) 20% (46) 75%
  DC † (1) 1% (7) 5% (22) 16% (56) 39% (56) 39%
  ND    (17) 13% (38) 29% (76) 57%
My role in managing patients with FM is to minimize involvement as I have little to offer PT/OT (44) 72% (14) 23% (3) 5%   
  DC † (61) 43% (47) 33% (25) 18% (5) 4% (3) 2%
  ND † (111) 84% (8) 6% (7) 5% (4) 3%  
My role in managing patients with FM is to refer for further investigations to identify cause PT/OT † (14) 23% (16) 26% (19) 31% (11) 18% (1) 2%
  DC † (4) 3% (16) 11% (49) 35% (47) 33% (26) 18%
  ND † (19) 14% (34) 26% (40) 31% (18) 14% (18) 14%
Treatment – confidence       
Patients with FM are difficult to manage PT/OT † (3) 5% (5) 8% (27) 44% (24) 39% (2) 3%
  DC †   (7) 5% (33) 23% (81) 57% (21) 15%
  ND † (1) 1% (22) 17% (43) 32% (53) 40% (14) 11%
Exercise can be harmful to patients with FM PT/OT † (25) 41% (25) 41% (3) 5% (4) 7% (4) 7%
  DC (41) 29% (74) 52% (20) 14% (7) 5%  
  ND † (24) 18% (84) 63% (19) 14% (5) 4%  
There are effective treatments for FM PT/OT †   (1) 2% (17) 28% (42) 69% (1) 2%
  DC † (3) 2% (30) 21% (65) 46% (43) 30% (1) 1%
  ND † (2) 2% (9) 7% (16) 12% (71) 53% (33) 25%
I am confident that I have the clinical skills to effectively manage patients diagnosed with FM PT/OT   (12) 20% (19) 31% (28) 46% (2) 3%
  DC † (3) 2% (29) 20% (53) 37% (53) 37% (4) 3%
  ND † (1) 1% (9) 7% (26) 20% (62) 47% (34) 26%
  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