Psychotherapy for Chronic Pain

A Cognitive Approach
  • Bruce N. Eimer


Chronic pain is a health problem of epidemic proportions. Debilitated victims of long-duration, intractable pain lead severely limited lives. For example, many low-back-pain patients, in addition to suffering from physical pain are chronically depressed and are unable to sleep at night, to eat properly, to take care of activities of daily living, and to remain gainfully employed. Traditional medical approaches often prove unsatisfactory for providing long-term relief from chronic pain. In addition, clinicians frequently encounter patients whose pain complaints have no discernible organic basis or where the degree of tissue damage is disproportionate to the reported pain severity. The search for efficacious alternatives has led clinicians to focus on psychological approaches to the problem of treating chronic pain patients (Barber & Adrian, 1982; Catalano, 1987; Holzman & Turk, 1986; Turk, Meichenbaum, & Genest, 1983).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce N. Eimer
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  1. 1.Departments of Psychiatry and Rehabilitation MedicineAbington Memorial HospitalAbingtonUSA

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