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Br J Anaesth. 2013 Jul;111(1):89-94. doi: 10.1093/bja/aet129.

Psychosocial interventions for managing pain in older adults: outcomes and clinical implications.

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Department of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27705, USA. keefe003@mc.duke.edu

Abstract

Interest in the use of psychosocial interventions to help older adults manage pain is growing. In this article, we review this approach. The first section reviews the conceptual background for psychosocial interventions with a special emphasis on the biopsychosocial model of pain. The second section highlights three psychosocial interventions used with older adults: cognitive behavioural therapy, emotional disclosure, and mind-body interventions (specifically mindfulness-based stress reduction and yoga). The final section of the paper highlights important future directions for work in this area.

KEYWORDS:

age; chronic pain

PMID:
23794650
PMCID:
PMC3690316
DOI:
10.1093/bja/aet129
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