Persistent and Chronic Pain

Elizabeth J. Richardson and J. Scott Richards

in The Oxford Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199733989
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Persistent and Chronic Pain

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Chronic pain impacts a significant portion of the general population and often poses barriers to optimal functioning in a variety of activities of daily living. Our understanding of chronic pain has progressed considerably from a unidirectional pain processing model of afferent sensation to one involving a complex interplay of multiple factors including biological, psychological, and sociological components. This chapter discusses the complex interface of cognition, behavior, and pathophysiology on persistent pain, and its psychological and behavioral comorbidities. Current and emerging treatment paradigms and interventional contexts reflecting the multidimensionality of the chronic pain syndrome are also presented. Finally, future directions of study to advance the field of chronic pain psychology are proposed.

Keywords: Chronic pain; depression; anxiety; pain behavior; assessment; outcomes; multidisciplinary treatment

Article.  17739 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Health Psychology

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