Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Bruce Dick

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psychological treatment based on the premise that a person's thoughts, mood/affect, and behavior exert a considerable influence upon each other [ 6][ It follows that any adopted treatment or strategy that affects one of those factors will affect the other two. Traditionally, CBT has been used as a means of improving negative mood. Within the context of chronic pain management, CBT is often administered within a multidisciplinary environment. In such an environment, medical and physical therapies are accompanied by psychological interventions that target negative feelings such as depression and anxiety that co [exist with the pain. The psychological treatment often aims to change negative and unhelpful thought patterns that are related to or are a consequence of the chronic pain. Additional behavioral patterns that are also frequently targeted include the reduction of activity avoidance, reducing pain-related fear and distress, and pain behavior.

The majority of single studies of the efficacy of CBT in pain management are not of sufficient quality to provide evidence of the efficacy of this treatment modality for chronic pain on their own. However, in a systematic review of the efficacy of CBT on chronic pain in adults (excluding headache) [7], data from 25 trials were evaluated. While considerable variability was identified between studies with regard to measures used and experimental design, CBT was found to provide significant benefit in terms of pain experience, positive cognitive coping and appraisal, and reduced pain behavior. CBT was not found to be associated with benefit in the domains of mood/affect, negative cognitive coping, or social role functioning. Overall, it was concluded that CBT is an effective treatment modality for managing chronic pain.

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