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Epidemiology and healthcare burden of fibromyalgia syndrome

Ernest Choy

in Fibromyalgia Syndrome

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199547517
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607259 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199547517.003.0002

Series: Oxford Rheumatology Library

Epidemiology and healthcare burden of fibromyalgia syndrome

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• Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is common, affecting 2% of the population. • It is more common in women than in men, with a gender ratio of 7:1. • Physical function and quality of life is often reduced. Most patients have chronic disease. Spontaneous remission is uncommon. • Medical cost is high up to 10 years prior to diagnosis. Societal cost of FMS due to reduced productivity is high. Constructive diagnosis can reduce healthcare cost.

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Subjects: Rheumatology

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