Psychological approaches to chronic pain

Stephen Morley

in Chronic Pain

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199230280
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607020 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

Psychological approaches to chronic pain

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• Chronic pain has a significant interruptive effect: pain ‘grabs’ attention and has subtle influences on behaviour and cognition • Chronic pain interferes with task performance and behavioural processes, particularly reinforcement will shape an individual’s response to chronic pain • Beliefs about pain and its consequences determine a person’s adjustment to chronic pain and provide more explanatory variance that measures of pain per se • A person’s identity—there sense of who they are and their appraisal of their future self—is profoundly affected by chronic pain • There is evidence that psychological treatments can be effective in moderating the impact of chronic pain on interruption, interference and identity.

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Subjects: Clinical Medicine ; Pain Medicine

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