The patient-provider relationship in chronic pain

Title:The patient-provider relationship in chronic pain
Author(s):Kevin E. Vowles, Miles Thompson
Outlet:Current Pain and Headache Reports
Abstract Summary:The relationship between patient and provider has long been the subject of study within the psychotherapy literature, with the available data suggesting a modest, but reliable, association between the strength of this relationship and treatment outcome. Conversely, there has been little work focused on the patient-provider relationship in chronic pain settings despite the complexities and difficulties that are often involved in this area. This review provides a brief, broad overview of the literature on the patient-provider relationship and identifies key aspects that are specifically relevant to chronic pain settings. In addition to reviewing the literature in this area, a series of recommendations for future clinical and academic work are offered.
Keyword(s):Chronic pain, Patient-provider relationship, Therapeutic relationship, Psychotherapy, Contextual behavioral science
Reference:Vowles, K., & Thompson, M. (2012). The Patient-Provider Relationship in Chronic Pain. Current Pain and Headache Reports, 5, 122-126. doi: 10.1007/s11916-012-0244-4
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