Biopsychosocial Rehabilitation Approaches for Older Adults

  • Chasley Jones
  • Nancy D. Kishino
  • Robert J. GatchelEmail author
Part of the Handbooks in Health, Work, and Disability book series (SHHDW)


Older adults are usually defined as 60 years of age or older. Currently, there are about 35 million older Americans, which is about 12.4% of the American population. Chronic persistent pain is caused by different biopsychosocial factors; some of these factors include increased risk of falling and potential comorbid psychological issues. In the best case, all these factors need to be included in the treatment planning to create the most effective treatment available to the patients. The field of pain management has come a long way, from a simplistic biomedical approach to a more comprehensive biopsychosocial approach which requires the close interdisciplinary collaboration of healthcare professionals and patients. As the most successful treatment, the multimodal, interdisciplinary approach is established. The article describes as a general introduction the necessities for a successful treatment of chronic pain patients including the elderly. This chapter also covers several interdisciplinary treatments and what has been added or adapted as they continued to develop. This continuing shift has resulted in the transformative care model, which connects the healthcare system to the patient in a way that patients are able to continue their treatment and adhere to the treatment program through use of the Internet.


Chronic persistent pain Elderly Interdisciplinary treatment Multimodal Quality of life Older adults Multidisciplinary Integrated treatment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chasley Jones
    • 1
  • Nancy D. Kishino
    • 2
  • Robert J. Gatchel
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA
  2. 2.West Coast Spine Restoration CenterRiversideUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychology, College of ScienceThe University of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA

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