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How To Score the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ)

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Updated: October 26, 2006

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When you have completed your FIQ, follow these steps to find your total score. (For ease of scoring, this is a simplified version of the scoring method used by researchers.)
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 10 minutes

Here's How:

  1. The first 11 questions are scored together.
    • Add all of the numbers circled.
    • Divide the total by the number of questions answered.
    • Multiply that number by 3.33.
    • Your score is: ________
  2. Question 12
    • Assign the following values to your answer: 0=7 points, 1=6 points, 2=5 points, 3=4 points, 4=3 points, 5=2 points, 6=1 point, 7=0 points.
    • Multiply the number of points by 1.43.
    • Your score is: ________
  3. Question 13
    • Use the number circled as the number of points.
    • Multiply the number of points by 1.43.
    • Your score is: ________
  4. Questions 14 – 20
    • Add the numbers from all seven questions.
    • Your score is: ________
  5. Results:
    Add the four scores above for your total score.

Tips:

  1. The higher the total score, the greater impact FM is having on the person’s life.
  2. The average FM patient scores 50. Severely afflicted patients score 70+.
  3. Sources:
    Burckhardt, C.S., Clark, S.R., Bennett, R.M.: The fibromyalgia impact questionnaire (FIQ): development and validation. J Rheumatol. 18:728-733, 1991.
    Burckhardt, C.S. “The Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire.” Fibromyalgia AWARE March – June 2004: 12

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