Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors in Patients with Persistent Pain

  • Patricia RobinsonEmail author
  • David Bauman
  • Bridget Beachy


Pain avoidance plays a central role in patients with persistent pain. Health-care professionals can help people with persistent pain through various lifestyle approaches, including values clarification and values connection exercises, mindfulness practices, and behaviors that promote commitment to change. Selected interventions should be implemented in primary care and specialty care settings due to the high prevalence of chronic pain. This chapter provides an evidence-based review of conditions associated with chronic pain, interactions between lifestyle behaviors and the experience of pain, and specific psychological interventions that promote lifestyle behavior change. A case example illustrates the deployment of recommended strategies in both individual and group formats.


Chronic pain Lifestyle behaviors Acceptance and commitment therapy Primary care behavioral health 



Acceptance and commitment therapy


American Psychological Association


Behavioral health consultant


Degenerative disc disease


Electronic health record


Nutrition, exercise, enjoyment, don’t smoke or drink, and sleep


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia Robinson
    • 1
    Email author
  • David Bauman
    • 2
  • Bridget Beachy
    • 2
  1. 1.Mountainview Consulting Group, Inc.ZillahUSA
  2. 2.Central Washington Family Medicine Residency ProgramYakimaUSA

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