• Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Deborah Stiffler, PhD, RN, CNM
Peer Reviewer(s): Sandra L. Inman, PhD, RN
Item#: Q3478
Contents: 1 Course Book (50 pages)
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Fibromyalgia in Women, Updated 1st Edition

Price $29.95
Item # Q3478
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

This intermediate-level course provides social workers, psychologists, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists and rehabilitation professionals with evidence-based information on the etiology, pathophysiology, and clinical manifestations of FMS, and the diagnostic studies, diagnoses and interventions, and collaborative care that can be used when treating individuals with the disorder. Healthcare professionals can have a great impact on individuals with FMS, in both the inpatient and outpatient arenas. Additionally, this course aims to increase the behavioral healthcare and rehabilitation professional’s ability to identify those individuals who may be suffering with undiagnosed FMS so that proper diagnosis, service referral, and support may be provided. Compassionate caregivers can validate the client’s experience and affirm her symptoms. A glossary of medical terms (at the end of the course) is provided for learners to use while reading the course.


Texas PTs & PTAs - This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1911021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.

California PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California through Net Education Design, Inc., an agency recognized by the board to approved courses that meet Physical Therapy Regulations 1399.96.

Ohio PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, Approval #17S5746

Florida PTs & PTAs – The Florida Board of Physical Therapy accepts this course based on its pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

Click here for a list of supplemental references.

Bellato, E., Marini, E., Castoldi, F., Barbasetti, N., Mattei, L., Bonasia, D. E., & Blonna, D. (2012). Fibromyalgia syndrome: Etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment. Pain Research and Treatment, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/426130 

Fitzcharles, M., Shir, Y., Ablin, J. N., Buskila, D., Amital, H., Henningsen, P., & Häuser, W. (2013). Classification and clinical diagnosis of fibromyalgia syndrome: Recommendations of recent evidence-based interdisciplinary guidelines. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2013. doi:10.1155/2013/528952 

McCarberg, B. H. (2012). Clinical overview of fibromyalgia. American Journal of Therapeutics, 19(5), 357–368. Abstract retrieved from http://journals.lww.com/americantherapeutics/Abstract/2012/09000/Clinical_Overview_of_Fibromyalgia.8.aspx 

Nijs, J., Roussel, N., Van Oosterwijck, J., De Kooning, M., Ickmans, K., Struyf, F., . . . Lundberg, M. (2013). Fear of movement and avoidance behaviour toward physical activity in chronic-fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia: State of the art and implications for clinical practice. Clinical Rheumatology, 32(8), 1121–1129. Abstract retrieved from http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10067-013-2277-4 

Sellers, A. B., & Clauw, D. (2013). Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. In M. L. Chin, R. B. Fillingim, & T. J. Ness (Eds.), Pain in women: Current concepts in the understanding and management of common painful conditions in females (pp. 209–228). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Course Objectives

  • Describe fibromyalgia syndrome.
  • Explain the etiology and pathophysiology of fibromyalgia syndrome.
  • Identify the common presenting signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome.
  • Discuss the treatment modalities used in the management of fibromyalgia syndrome.

Deborah Stiffler, PhD, RN, CNM, is the Executive Director of the Indiana University National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. She has over 27 years of nursing experience caring for women of all ages and socio-demographic backgrounds. Dr. Stiffler has served the Indiana University School of Nursing in various capacities since 2000, and is currently an assistant professor of nursing. She has served as Coordinator for the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner major since 2004. In addition to serving as a nurse educator, Dr. Stiffler has contributed to the women’s health profession by using a multi-disciplinary approach to her practice as a certified nurse-midwife, integrating social work, pharmacy, radiology, physical therapy, genetic counseling, and much more into the clinical setting. In addition to her clinical experience, Dr. Stiffler has authored many award-winning research publications on women’s health issues.

Sandra L. Inman, PhD, RN, is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services at Indiana State University. She has taught nursing courses for 15 years, most recently undergraduate and graduate adult health nursing and graduate measurement and assessment in nursing education. During her doctoral program, she participated in research activities with subjects who have fibromyalgia. Dr. Inman has co-authored, with James A. Inman, “Fibromyalgia and the Americans with Disabilities Act: Overcoming Hurdles for Successful Litigation” in the Michigan State University Journal of Medicine and Law, Winter 2009.

  • Courses must be completed within one (1) year of the date of purchase.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.