Disadvantaged patients with chronic pain benefit from simplified nondrug therapies. Addresses not only disparities in pain care but the effectiveness on non-drug based treatments. The primary focus is on cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) and non-drug pain management education. Benefits include lower overall treatment costs, avoidance of risks associated with opioid consumption and an indication that a larger population base can be addressed because this treatment is largely provided in a group session.
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“The preliminary analyses of the resulting data indicate that immediately after the treatment period, patients who received pain education, with or without CBT, experienced less pain and fewer symptoms of depression, and functioned better than those with medical care only,” Thorn says.
Early on, when I visited one of the pain clinics where we conducted the study, the head physician said to me, 'Dr. Thorn, what are you doing to my patients? They're coming in, smiling at me, teaching me about chronic pain. This is magic!' That was so gratifying to hear. Beverly E. Thorn, PhD
What is the relevance for Employers?
For employers, these are significant benefits that relate to healthcare benefits, pharmaceutical consumption, workforce education about pain and opioids and overall opportunity to improve the health and wellness of the workforce.