Multidisciplinary approach in chronic pain management


Most chronic pain patients report years of severe pain and can catalogue numerous consultations and attempts to find suitable and effective treatment.

International studies have shown that chronic pain patients require interdisciplinary therapeutic concepts. Mono-disciplinary approaches have hardly been successful. Important elements in multimodal therapeutic group programmes include exercise programs, psychological pain treatment and patient education.1 A prerequisite for therapeutic success is a doctor/patient relationship based on trust and optimum pharmacological pain therapy.

 

Booklet: Towards a multidisciplinary team approach in chronic pain management


A practical guide is available: 14 members of the international CHANGE PAIN® Advisory Board have collaborated in writing the booklet which consists of 12 chapters and is endorsed by the European Pain Federation EFIC®.

This guide on multidisciplinary pain management discusses benefits for patients and physicians and provides practical insights on how to implement such an approach. A multidisciplinary team involves a primary care physician and different specialists like anesthesiologists, rheumatologists, neurologists, psychiatrists or psychologists, who may also have an additional specialization in pain management.

 

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References
1 American Chronic Pain Association. Interdisciplinary Pain Management Programs. What should you be looking for? (Accessed November 10, 2015, at http://theacpa.org/Pain-Management-Programs).