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Psychological and psychiatric interventions in pain control 

Psychological and psychiatric interventions in pain control
Psychological and psychiatric interventions in pain control

Julie R. Price

, Alric D. Hawkins

, Michael L. Adams

, William S. Breitbart

, and Steven D. Passik

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date: 24 January 2022

Pain is a common problem in populations with advanced illness and has been best characterized in those with cancer or AIDS. Despite the high prevalence of pain in populations with advanced illness, there is evidence that pain is frequently under-diagnosed and inadequately treated. Undertreatment has multiple causes, one of which is the complex presentation of pain in these populations. Pain is not a purely physical experience, but involves many aspects of human functioning, including personality, affect, cognition, behaviour, and social relations. This complexity is best managed using a multimodality approach, including psychiatric and psychological interventions. These interventions may be psychotherapeutic, cognitive behavioural, or psychopharmacologic.

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