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- McBeth and colleagues compared the impact of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) delivered via phone, exercise, or a combination of the two interventions among subjects with chronic widespread pain.
- Subjects (N=442) with chronic widespread pain (as per American College of Rheumatology criteria) were randomized to one of the following interventions over a 6-month study period:
- CBT via phone
- Graded exercise
- CBT via phone + graded exercise
- Treatment as usual
- Primary outcome: change in health status
- Assessed via seven-point scale (range: “very much worse” to “very much better”)
- Assessed at baseline, 6 months, and 9 months post-randomization
- Positive outcome defined as “much better” or “very much better”
McBeth J, Prescott G, Scotland G, et al. Cognitive behavior therapy, exercise, or both for treating chronic widespread pain. Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(1):48-57.