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With an app for smartphones, which helps fibromyalgia patients in self-care, the theme of the thesis “Development of a mobile application to promote self-care in patients with fibromyalgia”, the physiotherapist Susan Lee King Yuan has won the CAPES Thesis Award 2019, in the field of Physical Education. The work, oriented by Prof. Amélia Pasqual Marques, of the Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy (FOFITO) of USP, is also competing for the Great CAPES Thesis Award 2019, which will be given to the best thesis selected among the winners of this award.

The app functionalities, called ProFibro, were developed based on clinical experiences and scientific evidences in literature. 

The fibromyalgia is a high prevalence condition, which causes physical discomfort, mental suffering and distress in social relations.The ProFibro was tested in a clinical trial with 40 volunteers. After six weeks, the participants presented a meaningful reduction in the severity of the symptoms, with a general impact on their quality of life. The app, developed with the support of the Research Support Foundation of the State of São Paulo (FAPESP), can be downloaded for free in Google Play.

The winners of the CAPES Thesis Award are combined into three groups of the major research areas:

I. Biological Sciences, Health Sciences, Agricultural and Multidisciplinary Sciences (Environmental and Interdisciplinary Sciences), called “Great CAPES Thesis Award Graziela Maciel Barroso”;

II. Engineering, Exact Sciences, Earth and Multidisciplinary Sciences (Materials and Biotechnology), called “Great CAPES Thesis Award Oscar Sala”;

III. Human Sciences, Linguistics, Arts, Applied Social Sciences and Multidisciplinary Sciences (Education), called “Great CAPES Thesis Award Josué de Castro”.

The list with the names of the awarded can be checked by the link: