Pain pp 413-415 | Cite as

Role of Family in Promoting Illness, Treatment of Pain and Well Behavior

  • Matt Fischer
  • Ehren Nelson
  • Alaa Abd-ElsayedEmail author


The interaction between pain patients and their family members can be described via a systems theory model for chronic pain, where family members can encourage or discourage pain behaviors through operant conditioning. Family-centered interventions for chronic pain can result in improved treatment outcomes, although essential characteristics of interventions are not clear.


Pain behaviors Systems theory Operant conditioning Family-centered intervention 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public HealthMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnesthesiologyBrigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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