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CBT by phone

'Talking therapy over the phone improves symtoms of chronic widespread pain.'

In an article in Arthritis Today, the results of a trial funded by Arthritis Research UK were given. Professionals trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy gave telephone support and advice to patients suffering from fibromyalgia. It was found to be as effective as 6, monthly sessions of exercise given by trained instructors. Those who seemed to benefit most were those who could choose which format they would prefer.

The trial was recently published in Archives of Internal Medicine.