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Integrated, Team-Based Chronic Pain Management: Bridges from Theory and Research to High Quality Patient Care.

Driscoll MA, Kerns RD. Integrated, Team-Based Chronic Pain Management: Bridges from Theory and Research to High Quality Patient Care. Advances in experimental medicine and biology. 2016 Jan 1; 904:131-47.

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Chronic pain is a significant public health concern. For many, chronic pain is associated with declines in physical functioning and increases in emotional distress. Additionally, the socioeconomic burden associated with costs of care, lost wages and declines in productivity are significant. A large and growing body of research continues to support the biopsychosocial model as the predominant framework for conceptualizing the experience of chronic pain and its multiple negative impacts. The model also informs a widely accepted and empirically supported approach for the optimal management of chronic pain. This chapter briefly articulates the historical foundations of the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain followed by a relatively detailed discussion of an empirically informed, integrated, multimodal and interdisciplinary treatment approach. The role of mental health professionals, especially psychologists, in the management of chronic pain is particularly highlighted.

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