Acceptance and Commitment Therapy More Effective Than CBT for Chronic Pain

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy More Effective Than CBT for Chronic Pain

“Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Chronic Pain” was published by the Clinical Journal of Pain in the June 2017 edition. This article reviews the challenges of treating chronic pain, evidence that CBT provides limited benefits, and evidence that ACT may be more effective than CBT.

The article reviews how ACT could potentially help pain sufferers increase their activity and reframe their experience of pain. The study reviewed 11 trials in which ACT was compared to controls, either alternative intervention or treatment as usual. ACT was found to be particularly effective for helping patients with pain acceptance and psychological flexibility.

The article abstract is available for online. The full article is available for purchase for nonsubscribers, but costs $39. This article comes to our attention courtesy of the prolific psyc

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