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Cognitive-behavioural interventions 

Cognitive-behavioural interventions
Cognitive-behavioural interventions

Deirdre E. Logan

, Rachael M. Coakley

, and Brittany N. Barber Garcia

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date: 08 March 2021

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is the most commonly researched and empirically supported psychological treatment for the management of paediatric pain. CBT is a brief, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment using a hands-on, practical problem-solving approach (Kendall, 2012). It is based on the concept that thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are causally interrelated. This chapter offers an overview of CBT and its application to pain management, describes specific cognitive-behavioural strategies commonly used for paediatric acute and chronic pain problems, presents the empirical evidence supporting these approaches, and highlights key considerations and emerging directions in the use of CBT and related treatments for paediatric pain.

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