An Internet-Based Intervention for Fibromyalgia Self-Management: Initial Design and Alpha Test
William Collinge, Ph.D., Robert C. Soltysik, M.S., and Paul R.Yarnold, Ph.D.
Collinge and Associates and Optimal Data Analysis, LLC
Self-Monitoring And Review Tool, or SMART, is an interactive, internet-based, self-monitoring and feedback system, which helps people discover and monitor links between their own health-related behaviors, management strategies, and symptom levels over time. SMART involves longitudinal collection and optimal analysis of an individual’s self-monitoring data, and delivery of personalized feedback derived from the data. Forty women with fibromyalgia (FM) enrolled in a three-month alpha test of the SMART system. Utilization, satisfaction, and compliance were high across the test period, and higher utilization was predictive of lower anxiety, and improved physical functioning and self-efficacy.