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Psychiatric Evaluation and Management of Pain 

Psychiatric Evaluation and Management of Pain
Psychiatric Evaluation and Management of Pain

Ronald M. Glick

and Pierre N. Azzam

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date: 21 September 2020

Pain represents an area of significant overlap between physical and psychological distress, and its evaluation and management epitomize the holistic nature of psychosomatic medicine. Pain is the most common symptom described by patients who present for medical hospitalization. Psychiatric comorbidities may complicate pain and increase disability. Targeting these conditions provides a unique opportunity for mental health clinicians to ameliorate pain-associated distress. Armed with knowledge of physiologic pain mechanisms, pharmacologic treatments, and behavioral analgesic therapies, the consultation psychiatrist is uniquely positioned to mitigate patient suffering, maximize clinical support for fellow physicians and nursing staff, and solidify therapeutic relationships between patients and their providers.

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