Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Ranjan Roy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been rigorously subjected to RCTs and has been shown to be very effective in the treatment of a wide variety of psychological disorders. It is probably the most frequently used method of psychotherapy in the treatment of chronic pain sufferers. The landmark book by Turk et al. (1983) laid the foundation for the application of CBT in the treatment of chronic pain sufferers. Since then there have been abundant reports of successful outcome for this therapy. We shall presently review some of the more recent outcome literature. It will not be an exaggeration to state that CBT has achieved the status of one of the most, if not the most, effective psychological therapies in treating chronic pain sufferers. Yet, our review will show that CBT yields a mixed outcome and awaits further validation.

Five assumptions underlie the use of this therapy in chronic pain patients (Turk, 2002):
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ranjan Roy
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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