Stress Inoculation in the Management of Clinical Pain

Applications to Burn Pain
  • Robert L. Wernick


Humankind has long been in search of an effective means of pain relief. Thousands of preparations and procedures have been used in this quest. Perhaps out of desperation, the methods that have been tried have covered the spectrum from the rather primitive to highly sophisticated techniques based on modern technology (Meichenbaum & Turk, 1976; Turk, 1978a; Turk & Genest, 1979). Currently, conventional procedures used are primarily designed to cut or block the “pain pathways” and are of three types: (a) pharmacological agents; (b) anesthetic nerve blocks; and (c) surgical procedures. None of these somatic treatments have proven to be completely satisfactory for adequate or permanent pain relief. Indeed, this search has grown into a multibillion-dollar business.


Cognitive Strategy Cognitive Restructuring Cognitive Reappraisal Autogenic Training Painful Stressor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert L. Wernick
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  1. 1.Departments of Psychology and PsychiatryUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

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