Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as management strategies for chronic pain

Zuhury, Sebastian, Mason-Robbie, Victoria and Walklet, Elaine ORCID: 0000-0002-0690-230X (2021) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as management strategies for chronic pain. Health Psychology Update, 30 (1).

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Background: Chronic pain is a debilitating condition that affects the individual in complex ways. However, it is a subjective experience that can be unresponsive to medical treatment, requiring psychological interventions to address its complex and multidimensional nature. CBT and ACT are recommended, yet there is a need to further our understanding on how these management strategies are effective. The present review aims to improve our understanding of the role of CBT and ACT in the management of chronic pain. Method: A literature search was conducted using PsycInfo, Medline, and CINAHL complete, followed by a narrative synthesis and critical appraisal. Findings: CBT and ACT have beneficial effects across several domains of chronic pain, but methodological issues limit our understanding of how this is achieved. Discussion: Future research should focus more on how CBT and ACT lead to positive changes for people with chronic pain. Specifically, there is a need for more detailed explanations of how the interventions are designed. Also, a wider consideration of individual preferences (treatment goals and preferred outcomes) as a desired outcome, and the impact of therapist and group effects.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Elaine Walklet
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2021 12:12
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:04

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