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Aust Fam Physician. 1994 Dec;23(12):2284-9, 2292.

A behavioural approach to the management of chronic pain. A self management perspective.


Both patient and doctor can influence the outcome significantly by their behaviour. Tables 3 and 4 summarise the behaviours that will support the healing process, recovery of a more normal lifestyle, and long-term pain relief. Finally, the power of beliefs cannot be overestimated. The patients who do best are those who develop positive attitudes. The treating doctor can become skilled at identifying the limiting beliefs and assist the person in pain to change their perceptions and actions. Table 5 provides some examples. The most difficult patient can become the most rewarding.

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