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2023 Jan 27

J Palliat Med

Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Behavioral Pain Management for Persistent Pain.


Gerhart J, Ramos K, Porter LS, Ravyts S, Malhotra S, Mossman B, Eaton England A, Alonzi S, Peyser T, Kim S, O'Mahony S, Burns JW, Hoerger M
J Palliat Med. 2023 Jan 27.
PMID: 36706441.


Seriously ill patients often experience persistent pain. As a part of a comprehensive repertoire of pain interventions, palliative care clinicians can help by using behavioral pain management. Behavioral pain management refers to evidence-based psychosocial interventions to reduce pain intensity and enhance functional outcomes and quality of life. Conceptualized using the biopsychosocial model, techniques involve promoting helpful behaviors (e.g., activity pacing, stretching, and relaxation exercises) and modifying underlying patterns of thinking, feeling, and communicating that can exacerbate pain. The authors have expertise in pain management, clinical health psychology, geropsychology, behavioral science, and palliative medicine. The article reviews the current evidence for behavioral interventions for persistent pain and provides 10 recommendations for behavioral pain management.