Background: Fibromyalgia is a chronic musculoskeletal pain syndrome that
causes substantial physical and psychological impairment and costs the US healthcare
system over $25 billion annually. Current pharmacological therapies may cause serious
adverse effects, are expensive, and fail to effectively improve pain and function.
Finding new a... read morend effective non-pharmacological treatments for fibromyalgia patients is
urgently needed. We are currently conducting the first comparative effectiveness
randomized trial of Tai Chi versus aerobic exercise (a recommended component of the
current standard of care) in a large fibromyalgia population. This article describes
the design and conduct of this trial.
Wang, Chenchen, Timothy McAlindon, Roger A. Fielding, William
F. Harvey, Jeffrey B. Driban, Lori Lyn Price, Robert Kalish, Anna Schmid, Tammy M.
Scott, and Christopher H. Schmid. "A novel comparative effectiveness study of Tai Chi
versus aerobic exercise for fibromyalgia: study protocol for a randomized controlled
trial." Trials 16, no. 1 (12, 2015): 1-13.