The Management of Chronic Pain

A Cognitive-Functioning Approach
  • Ronald J. Kulich
  • Bruce S. Gottlieb
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series


Despite a vast array of treatment efforts from medical, psychological, and rehabilitation sources, chronic pain problems continue to plague society. In the United States, the management of chronic pain, including hospital and healthcare services, loss of work productivity, insurance compensation, medication, and litigation costs an estimated $40 to $50 billion annually (U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 1979). It has been estimated that 700 million work days are lost per year due to chronic pain (Brena, Chapman, Stegall, & Chyatte, 1979). In addition to these financial costs, there is a significant level of emotional distress suffered by the patients and their families.


Chronic Pain Pain Behavior Chronic Pain Patient Chronic Pain Syndrome Treatment Gain 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald J. Kulich
    • 1
  • Bruce S. Gottlieb
    • 2
  1. 1.Lahey Clinic Medical CenterBurlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Pain Management and Behavioral Medical CenterFarmingtonUSA

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