Date: Sunday, October 21, 2018
Session Title: Fibromyalgia and Other Clinical Pain Syndromes Poster
Session Type: ACR Poster Session A
Session Time: 9:00AM-11:00AM
Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), characterized by widespread pain and fatigue, has frequently been associated with stress in various models, including workplace related stress. In the current study we have evaluated the prevalence of FMS symptoms among Israeli school teachers and have attempted to correlate such symptoms with work – related stress.
Individuals, all currently employed as school teachers in Israel, were recruited to the study. Participants were asked to answer a questionnaire evaluating symptoms of FMS, based on the current diagnostic criteria, which include the widespread pain index (WPI) and the symptom severity scale (SSS). Participants were further questioned regarding stressful experiences during their work and about post – traumatic symptoms as well as regarding work performance and motivation.
321 participants were recruited (79.4% female, 20.6 male). 30 individuals (9.3%) of the sample fulfilled current criteria for a diagnosis of FMS, with a rate of 11.4% among females and 1.5% among males. While specific symptoms such as fatigue and irritable bowel symptoms were negatively correlated with work performance, no significant difference was found between teachers with or without fibromyalgia regarding work attendance and performance. FMS symptoms were strongly correlated with work – related stress and were strongly correlated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) related symptoms. Motivation to work was significantly lower among teachers fulfilling FMS criteria, but other performance – related parameters did not differ between teachers fulfilling or not fulfilling FMS criteria.
Fibromyalgia symptoms are highly prevalent among Israeli school teachers, and may be related to stress encountered in the classroom. These results are relevant both for physicians treating individuals involved in educational careers as well as for educators and decision – makers involved in planning and managing educational strategies.
To cite this abstract in AMA style:Buskila Y, Buskila D, Jacob G, Weiss I, Ablin JN. High Prevalence of Fibromyalgia Among Israel School Teachers [abstract]. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2018; 70 (suppl 10). https://acrabstracts.org/abstract/high-prevalence-of-fibromyalgia-among-israel-school-teachers/. Accessed February 22, 2020.
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