How effective are psychological therapies for management of chronic pain (excluding headache) in adults?
An analysis of the quality rating scores showed the quality of the design and reporting of trials has clearly improved over the years. However, the quality of treatments, or of their reporting,or both, does not appear to have improved over time.
Chronic pain is a common problem, causing significant distress and disability. Behavioural and cognitive treatments designed to ameliorate pain, distress and disability were first introduced over 40 years ago and are now well established. ¹,² 1. Fordyce WE et al. J Chronic Dis 1968;21:179-90. 2. Keefe FJ et al. J Pain 2004;5:195-211.