Biopsychosocial Aspects of Orofacial Pain

  • Richard OhrbachEmail author
  • Justin Durham
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This chapter introduces the reader to the important concept of the biopsychosocial model of illness and its role in healthcare. The chapter explains the theoretical basis of the biopsychosocial model and its relevance to an integrated understanding of pain. Practical application in assessing patients for psychosocial comorbidity and providing appropriate interventions through the use of psychosocial interventions including basic clinical practices informed by cognitive behavioral therapies are described.


Orofacial pain Temporomandibular disorders Biopsychosocial model Diagnosis Treatment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Oral Diagnostic SciencesUniversity at BuffaloBuffaloUSA
  2. 2.School of Dental SciencesNewcastle UniversityNewcastle-Upon-TyneUK

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