The Treatment of Chronic Pain

  • Bruce N. Eimer


As articulated in the cognitive-behavioral literature, the chief agenda for psychotherapy with the chronic pain patient is twofold. The first aspect is to teach the patient pain-coping and pain-reduction strategies. The second aspect is to teach the patient how to employ cognitive techniques for disputing beliefs that would undermine his or her acceptance of responsibility for employing coping and self-management techniques.


Chronic Pain Chronic Pain Patient Automatic Thought Pleasure Rating Social Alienation 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce N. Eimer
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  1. 1.The Behavior Therapy CenterJenkintownUSA

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