Date of Award


Degree Type

Selective Evidence-Based Medicine Review

Degree Name

Master of Science in Health Sciences - Physician Assistant


Physician Assistant Studies

Department Chair

John Cavenagh, MBA, PhD, PA-C


Objective: The objective of this selective EBM review is to determine whether or not yoga is effective in reducing fibromyalgia-related symptoms in women with fibromyalgia.

Study Design: Review of two published double blind, randomized controlled trials published in 2010 and one before-after study published in 2012 were used for this review and selected based on their relevance to the clinical question

Data Source: Studies were found using PubMed, AMED, and CINAHL Plus.

Outcomes Measured: All three studies measured improvement of fibromyalgia symptoms based on a variety of well-validated measures, most notably the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, the Quality of Life Profile for the Chronically Ill (PLC), and the Patient Global Impression of Change (PGIC).

Results: Studies by Carson et al. and Rudrud found that fibromyalgia-related symptoms significantly decreased with yoga therapy as compared to standard fibromyalgia treatment. However, a study by Schmidt et al. found that the group participating in yoga therapy had little to no improvement as compared to the control groups.

Conclusions: Although inconclusive, the results of these three studies demonstrate a possible benefit of yoga in reducing fibromyalgia-related symptoms. The use of this treatment modality warrants further investigation.