Group therapy as a method of intervention has been in wide use in treating chronic pain. As was evident in the previous chapter, CBT-based group therapy has come under much scrutiny, and as such, with some minor exception, we are excluding this body of literature from this review. This chapter will provide an overview of group therapy followed by group therapy in relation to mixed pain groups, headache, and fibromyalgia. We shall also present a brief review of group therapy and depression literature because depression or depressive symptoms are all too common among the chronic pain sufferers. Only relatively recent literature, with some minor exceptions, is included in this review.
Group Therapy and Medical Illness
In a comprehensive review of the outcome literature on group therapy for the medically ill, Vamos (2006) noted that group psychotherapy, providing an environment to share experience, has obvious advantages and has been frequently used in either a supportive or a CBT format....
KeywordsSocial Support Chronic Pain Group Therapy Individual Therapy Chronic Pain Patient
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