DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ) - A Wayne State University researcher is receiving a $3.4M grant for a new health study that focuses on Fibromyalgia. The study is called "Pain and Stress Management for Fibromyalgia."
Mark A. Lumley, Ph.D., professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, received a five-year, $3,373,000 grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases of the National Institutes of Health.
Doctors from the University of Michigan Medical Center and St. John Providence Health System are also contributing to the study.
The study is aimed at finding out whether therapy that focuses on education, symptom management or confronting avoided emotional experiences is the best approach for fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia afflicts 2 to 4 percent of U.S. adults, mainly women. Fibromyalgia is marked by widespread muscular pain and tenderness, fatigue, sleep problems and mood disturbance.
The five-year grant will test three competing psychological/behavioral interventions for fibromyalgia: patient education, cognitive behavior therapy and a novel emotional awareness and exposure therapy.
Lumley and colleagues have developed and pilot-tested Emotional Exposure Therapy, which focuses on reducing stress by helping people confront emotions that they usually avoid. This is done through techniques such as expressive writing, mindfulness exercises and assertiveness training.
"Research has shown that the brain-and the pain that it generates-are greatly influenced by experiences and how people deal with their thoughts and emotions," Lumley said. "Our goal is to test the effects of helping patients understand their condition, cope with pain or resolve stress."
Recruitment for the study will begin in February 2011. Recruitment will be open to all patients with a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. For information about participating in the study, contact the project manager at the Detroit/Southfield location at (313) 577-2258 or the Ann Arbor location at (866) 288-0046.
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