Pp-005 Attitudes Of Primary Health Care Professionals (Phc) (Doctors And Nurses) Towards Patients That Suffer From Fibromyalgia.

Author(s): 
Pablo Daza1, Rafa Gracia2, Ma Angeles Pastor3, Sofia Lopez3, Itziar Perez2, Silvia Campos
1 Family Practice. UAP Billabona. Health Basque Service. Osakidetza
2 Family Practice. Health Basque Service. Osakidetza.
3 Health Psychology Department. Miguel Hernandez University.
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Aims & Purpose: To know the opinion of primary health care (PHC) professionals (general practitioners and nurses) about fibromyalgia and its medical treatment.
Design & Methods: 135 general practitioners and nurses of the Basque Country took part in a workshop, where they were divided into seven teams, to improve their knowledge and abilities on fibromyalgia. Before they took part in those seven workshops, a questionnaire was distributed among them, after that two issues were analysed: the opinion of health professionals about fibromyalgia (physical and psychological affectation of patients, health professionals role ... ) and the use of health services (the need of specialists, complementary check-ups and medicines). The statistical analysis was made using the SPSS 15.0 programme.
Results: 70% of the health professionals who answered the questionnaire were female doctors, 45 years old average (SD 10,2), and with about 16 years of experience in primary health care (SD 9,6).
Most of them think fibromyalgia is a chronic illness and it affects seriously patient's life. However, health professionals think they have very little control of the illness. Half of them don't even understand the illness. They think the various medical treatments can't help the patients and, at the same time, health professionals don't feel satisfied with their attention professional role. 50% of them refer 7 5% of fibromyalgia patients to higher medical care level. In most cases they refer the patients to rheumatism specialists to confirm the diagnosis.
Conclusions: It would be necessary to provide training courses to health professionals to improve their competences in this pathology: firstly, to improve the control of the illness, secondly, to improve the satisfaction of health professionals with the medical care of those patients.
Literature: 
PP-005
ATTITUDES OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS (PHC) (DOCTORS AND NURSES) TOWARDS PATIENTS THAT SUFFER FROM FIBROMYALGIA.