Metas de Enfermería

Metas de Enfermería

ABRIL 2009 N° 3 Volumen 12


Section: Metas - Actualización de cuidados enfermeros

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de la Torre Aboki J. La fibromialgia. Metas de Enferm abr 2009; 12(3): 60-67


Jenny de la Torre Aboki


Enfermera. Sección de Reumatología. Hospital General Universitario de Alicante. Licenciada en Enfermería. 

Contact address

Sección de Reumatología. Hospital General Universitario de Alicante. C/ Pintor Baeza, s/n. 03010 Alicante.

Contact email: delatorre_jen@gua.es


Fibromyalgia is a syndrome of unknown aetiology that is characterised mainly by widespread pain lasting more than 3 months, not of a joint origin, fatigue and sleep disturbances with no identifiable organic alterations. In our setting it has a prevalence of 2,37% and the affected female-male ratio is 20:1. It is a complex syndrome that is associated with a sharp reduction of quality of life and physical function.
Nursing care for this complex pathology can be very important to facilitate self-care, self-efficacy and an effective coping with the disease, and should be focused on structured programs aimed specifically at these patients, based on pain reduction, the promotion of physical exercise and behavioural therapy techniques.
This article, the ninth and last of a series aimed at rheumatology nursing care, presents fibromyalgia, covering the general aspects of this pathology, its clinical manifestations, the psychological, family and socioeconomic impact it has and the management of these patients’ therapeutic regimen.


rheumatologic nursing; fibromyalgia; pain; woman; Health Educationcare plan

Versión en Español


La fibromialgia