A new review from the Cochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care Group explores the effectiveness of internet delivery of pain management therapies in reducing pain and disability and improving anxiety and depression in adults with chronic non-cancer pain. The review evaluated 15 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with just over 2000 adults and compared those having internet-delivered therapies with those on waiting lists.
Despite limitations noted in the review, the authors reported evidence to confirm that psychological treatments, including cognitive behavioral therapy, can reduce pain and post-treatment disability for adults with chronic pain, and in adults with non-headache pain it can positively impact anxiety and depression. The benefit to receiving these therapies via the internet is that it can reach more people in more places at less cost. Read a news story, with link to the study abstract, here.