All our comments and observations discussed in this chapter are directly related to medical illness in general and chronic pain in particular. We had two major objectives in writing this book. The first was to get a general idea of the types of psychotherapy in use to treat medically ill patients in general and pain patients in particular. We also considered the literature on depression and psychotherapy because it is commonly seen in chronic pain sufferers. The second was to ascertain the extent to which the practice of psychotherapy with medically ill persons in general and chronic pain sufferers in particular was evidence driven. On the first issue, although books and articles abound on the value of psychotherapeutic intervention with the medically ill, that cannot be said for chronic pain (Fisher and O’Donohue, 2006; McDaniel et al., 1992). For this reason, we decided to broaden our base and made a case that, by extrapolation, such therapies could be used for patients with chronic...
KeywordsChronic Pain Family Therapy Chronic Pain Patient Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Chronic Pain Sufferer
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