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Ask the Expert: Improving the Diagnosis and Management of Fibromyalgia for Physician Assistants

Ask the Expert: Improving the Diagnosis and Management of Fibromyalgia for Physician Assistants



Time to Complete

0.75 hours


May 15, 2012


May 15, 2013

Program Description

Fibromyalgia is frequently diagnosed and managed by primary care clinicians; however, research has shown that fibromyalgia is often not diagnosed or is diagnosed incorrectly. Studies further show that patients who are correctly diagnosed are frequently placed on therapeutic regimens of limited benefit. In this activity, two fibromyalgia experts answer questions compiled from a survey sent to members of the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants and the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Differentiate between fibromyalgia and other conditions that share similar symptomology

  • Explain the clinical utility of the updated ACR guideline criteria for the diagnosis of fibromyalgia

  • Differentiate between fibromyalgia therapies that are efficacious and those that are not


In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, all CME providers are required to disclose to the activity audience the relevant financial relationships of everyone in a position to control content of an educational activity. A relevant financial relationship is a relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services are discussed in the CME activity content over which the individual has control. Relationship information appears below:

Lindsey Gillispie, MHS, PA-C
, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
Speaker: Abbott, Amgen, UCB
Consultant: UCB

Ms. Gillispie discusses the unlabeled or investigational use of a commercial product.

Joan McTigue, MS, PA-C, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
Speaker: Novartis, Takeda, URL Pharma

Richard S. Pope, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
Advisor: Takeda, URL Pharma
Speaker: Amgen, Takeda, UCB, URL Pharma

Curatio CME Institute
Thomas Finnegan, PhD
, Associate Medical Director, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
Jonathan S. Simmons, ELS, Senior Managing Editor, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State staff involved in the development and review of this activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the US Food and Drug Administration. Curatio CME Institute, Penn State College of Medicine, and Pfizer do not recommend the use of any agent outside the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Curatio CME Institute, Penn State College of Medicine, or Pfizer. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

The information presented at this activity is for continuing medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician regarding diagnosis and treatment of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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Lindsey Gillispie, MHS, PA-C
Department of Rheumatology
McBride Orthopedic Hospital Physicians
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Joan McTigue, MS, PA-C
Division of Rheumatology
University of Florida College of Medicine
Gainesville, Florida

Steering Committee
Richard S. Pope, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA—Chair

Physician Assistant
Danbury Orthopedic Associates
Adjunct Clinical Professor
Quinnipiac University
Danbury, Connecticut

Lindsey Gillispie, MHS, PA-C

Joan McTigue, MS, PA-C

Accredited Provider

Jointly sponsored by


Commercial Supporter

Support for this activity has been provided through an educational grant from Pfizer, Inc.

Intended Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physician assistants and other health care providers involved in the diagnosis and management of fibromyalgia.




AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Penn State College of Medicine and Curatio CME Institute. Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

Penn State College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Method of Participation
To obtain credit, a score of 70% or better is required. This CME is offered at no cost to participants. Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully completed this program, answered all pre-survey questions, post-test questions, completed the evaluation survey, and have received your digital copy of your credit certificate. Your online certificate will be saved on within your Profile/Exam History, which you can then access at any time.

If you have any questions relating to the accreditation or your certificate for this activity, please contact Penn State at or or (717) 531-6483. Reference course #G5121-12-T.

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