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Holist Nurs Pract. 2003 Nov-Dec;17(6):281-7; quiz 288-9.

Understanding chronic pain and the mind-body connection.

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Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431, USA.


This article investigates the mind-body connection in chronic pain. A discussion of pain physiology is designed to identify the role of the neurological system in chronic pain perception. The gate control theory and the neurotransmitter theory of pain are explored. A description of mind-body and pain management methods, and an illustrative case study are provided. The information presented concerning mind-body connection in chronic pain perception will enable practicing nurses to be more fully aware of the chronic pain phenomenon, and lead to better chronic pain assessment, management, and evaluation.

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