Overcoming Pain

Chronic pain may affect more than 20% of the population in this country, and while there are drugs specifically approved for its treatment, many patients continue with their pain. Cognitive-behavioral therapy has proven helpful in managing chronic pain; however, for many patients it is costly, or unrealistic as a chronic therapy due to a relative shortage of therapists. A third less expensive option many chronic pain patients have found beneficial is talk therapy via the telephone. Unfortunately, research has found that while well-being was experienced with the addition of the phone psychology, these improvements were mostly confined to fatigue and coping. Specific pain symptoms continued.

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