Multidisciplinary Approach and Chronic Pain
In the preceding chapters we have discussed specific psychosocial interventions. This chapter is a departure in the sense that here we propose to examine the efficacy of multidisciplinary interventions in the treatment of chronic pain either in an inpatient or in an outpatient setting. Reports of program evaluation abound in the literature. It is for this reason that our presentation is somewhat selective and arbitrary. For the most part, we report more recent literature. The most comprehensive review of the literature on the outcome of pain management programs to date confirms the overall efficacy of these programs to reduce pain, improve psychosocial functioning, and increase the probability of patients returning to work, and also their cost-effectiveness (Gatchel and Okifuji, 2006).
Multidisciplinary treatment programs vary a great deal in terms of both the number of disciplines involved and the mode and length of therapy. Group intervention is common, but not exclusive....
KeywordsChronic Pain Pain Clinic Pain Interference Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Multidisciplinary Program
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