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2021 Jun 03

BMJ Open



Use of behavioural activation to manage pain: a scoping review protocol.


Walsh S, Jones M, Gray R J, Gillam M, Gunn KM, Barker T, Eshetie T, Moseley LG
BMJ Open. 2021 Jun 03; 11(6):e041036.
PMID: 34083325.


Chronic pain is a distressing condition and often poorly treated and managed. Psychological therapies are considered first-line intervention for people with chronic pain. Common psychological therapies require extensive clinician training and specialist qualifications. One approach that does not need lengthy training nor specialist qualification, but has empirical support in other health domains, is behavioural activation (BA). BA seeks to increase engagement in behaviours that are valued by the person and progress through behaviours that can increase mood and develop skills that build satisfying routines. BA can help people to manage their condition through scheduling behaviours, promoting routine and mastery over their condition. The extent to which BA has been used to support people living with chronic pain is not clear.