The National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) has formed a partnership with the Practicing Clinicians Exchange (PCE) to provide continuing education programs to nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) throughout the United States in 2009. The partnership is beneficial to both organizations, as the NFA is the largest nonprofit group dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with fibromyalgia through advocacy and education, and PCE is the national leader in providing continuing education focused solely on the needs of NPs and PAs.
Inadequate sleep negatively impacts health and safety, according to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2009 Sleep in Americaô poll. Read about the survey, get sleep tips, and test your sleep knowledge during National Sleep Awareness Week. The public education, information, and awareness campaign takes place March 1-8. Visit the National Sleep Foundationís website at www.sleepfoundation.org for details.
The Patient Advocate Foundationís Co-Pay Relief Program now includes a pain fund to serve patients suffering with chronic pain. The program is open to patients who financially and medically qualify for co-payment assistance. Once approved, funds can be provided directly to the insured patientsí medical and/or pharmaceutical providers. For additional information, visit http://www.copays.org†or call 866.512.3861.
People who participate in clinical trials play a more active role in their own healthcare. They may gain access to new forms of treatment before they are available to the general public. They also help others by contributing to medical research and expanding insight on their disorder.
Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University are conducting a study on The Couples Experience of Having FM. The study, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health, focuses specifically on minorities with fibromyalgia who are married or living with their partner in a long-term relationship.