Psychological Science: Why it Matters to Pain Management

A comprehensive review published in the February-March special issue of American Psychologist® examines the key role of psychological interventions in effectively managing chronic pain.

Articles in the special issue discuss racial and ethnic disparities in the assessment and treatment of chronic pain, persistent pain in older adults and family influences on children’s chronic pain. Other articles examine various psychological models and treatment approaches for chronic pain, including cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness and hypnosis. Elsewhere in the issue are discussions of the role of neurophysiology in customizing treatment approaches, and arguments for the inclusion of psychologists in interdisciplinary chronic pain teams to maximize effective outcomes.

A news story, with links to the full text of the various articles in the issue, may be read here.

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