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Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Chronic pain

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Using An Integrative Psychotherapeutic Approach To Help Adults Cope With Chronic Pain, Bethany Miletich Jan 2018

Using An Integrative Psychotherapeutic Approach To Help Adults Cope With Chronic Pain, Bethany Miletich

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Chronic pain is a complex and costly condition that impacts many American’s lives. While there are medical interventions available, individuals may continue to experience some level of chronic pain. Therefore, the efficacy of psychotherapeutic techniques should be explored. The purpose of this qualitative study was to determine how to use an integrative psychotherapeutic approach to help adults cope with chronic pain. Seven interviews with psychotherapists serving the chronic pain community in multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary medical settings were analyzed. Results showed the important roles that psychoeducation and a strong therapeutic relationship had when it came to implementing a variety of ...


Evaluating A Mind-Body Approach For Military Veterans With Chronic Pain, Leah M. Martin Jan 2013

Evaluating A Mind-Body Approach For Military Veterans With Chronic Pain, Leah M. Martin

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The primary goal of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an eight-week Mind-Body Pain Management group at a VA Health Care System in the Midwest. The Mind-Body Pain Management group is offered to Veterans who exhibit symptoms of chronic physical pain. Effectiveness was determined by examining Veterans’ pretest, posttest, and follow-up responses to the Quality of Life Inventory (QOLI), Pain Rating Scale, and the VA Pain Outcomes Questionnaire (VA-POQ). A secondary objective of this study was to investigate potential relationships between Veterans’ demographic information (gender, age, combat history, and service-connected disability status), as well as access to prescription ...


Effects Of Mindfulness Meditation On Degree Of Pain Experienced In Chronic Pain Patients, Melissa B. Irisarri Jan 2013

Effects Of Mindfulness Meditation On Degree Of Pain Experienced In Chronic Pain Patients, Melissa B. Irisarri

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Chronic pain affects one-third to one-half of individuals living in the United States. Individuals with chronic pain incur billions of dollars in healthcare costs annually, and as a result of reduced productivity and sick days taken because of pain, companies lose billions of dollars annually. Chronic pain results in a decrease in quality of life, including limited physical functioning, compromised relationships, difficulty sleeping, and psychological issues. Chronic pain is both a physical and psychological issue, and the current biomedical approach falls short in addressing the intricate psychological components. This study investigated the impact of a half-day mindfulness meditation workshop on ...