Can We Reduce Pain Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

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Recently, the researchers have been studying the efficacy of the simplified cognitive behavioral therapy. They looked at how can it help pain relief for the populations that are highly disadvantaged. We must admit that pain is quite an important topic in the world today.

What Have We Done Until Now?

Up until now, scientists have been using biopharmaceutical treatments, which helped, but also triggered an array of other problems. One example would be the opioid epidemic. Moreover, plenty of physiological treatments proved to be ineffective or even harmful when it comes to reducing pain.

Meanwhile, the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), proved to be quite effective when it comes to alleviating several conditions. Some examples would be depression or anxiety. A recent study was conducted on this topic in the United States. On this occasion, several researchers came up with an experiment to see how efficient CBT is, in fact. More exactly, they wanted to establish how it can be used for people in the underprivileged areas who are fighting chronic pain.

The Results

As it was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, it seems that both CBT and EDU (which is a form of pain education) were quite effective. Simply put, they helped patients have a better management of their pain. What’s more, the effects were still there, even six months after the experiment. The approach helped the patients reduce their depression symptoms and increase their physical functioning.

However, there are still lots of problems that prevent people in disadvantaged areas enjoy the proper medical care. For example, low literacy levels, poverty, and lack of adequate staff can be an obstacle in their way of enjoying the CBT and EDU possibilities. In the future, scientists hope to sustain the program for more than six months and observe the long-term results of their efforts.

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Brad is a former Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, is an award-winning travel, culture, and parenting writer. His writing has appeared in many of the Canada’s most respected and credible publications, including the Toronto Star, CBC News and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. A meticulous researcher who’s not afraid to be controversial, he is nationally known as a journalist who opens people’s eyes to the realities behind accepted practices in the care of children. Brad is a contributing journalist to Advocator.ca


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