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Dr. E. Amy Janke Authors Position Paper Supporting Psychosocial Care for Pain Management

Published on March 9, 2018

E. Amy Janke, PhD, interim chair of the department of behavioral and social sciences and director of the master's program in health psychology, co-authored a position statement for the Society of Behavioral Medicine in Translational Behavioral Medicine.

Policy makers have articulated a need for clear, evidence-based guidance to help inform pain policy. Persistent pain is common, expensive, and debilitating, and requires comprehensive assessment and treatment planning. Recently released opioid prescribing guidelines by the CDC (2016) emphasize the importance of using nonopioid therapies before considering opioid treatment for those without a malignant illness. The National Pain Strategy (2016) underscores the importance of comprehensive, interdisciplinary pain care. Unfortunately, despite persuasive evidence supporting the efficacy of psychosocial approaches, these interventions are inaccessible to the majority of Americans.

Psychosocial approaches to pain management should be available for all individuals with persistent pain and in all health care settings and contexts as part of the comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to pain care as outlined in the National Pain Strategy. To achieve this, we must prioritize reimbursement of evidence-based psychosocial approaches for pain assessment and management and improve provider training and competencies to implement these approaches

Read the abstract here.

Categories:  Misher College of Arts and SciencesFacultySUDIPsychologySubstance Use Disorders InstituteDepartment of Behavioral and Social SciencesHealth Psychology