A phenomenological approach to psychological treatment for the multidisciplinary care of chronic back pain

Francesca Cecchi, F. Gagliano, A. Aperini, M. Buoncristiani, G. Lotti, S. Casale, S. Lera

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Abstract

Purpose. Evidence-based guidelines recommend multidisciplinary treatment of chronic back pain (CBP), making reference to the bio-psycho-social model and to recent theories of emotions. This paper aims at providing a systematic description of a psychological intervention based on a phenomenological approach within the multidisciplinary treatment of CBP.Methods. Starting form the theory of disfunction in CBP and the theory of treatment, we describe here the theoretical framework and process components of a short-term, emotionally focused psychological intervention, to explain the choice we made to use a phenomenological approach to illness and pain, in terms of group context into the patients' rehabilitation care pathway. Conclusions. A phenomenological approach within the multidisciplinary treatment of CBP aims at the recognition of the subjective experience of illness, emotions associated to the illness and individual ways to communicate pain, with the ultimate intended outcome of relieving pain-related psychological distress and improving pain management. A systematic description of this approach may facilitate its integration in clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-13
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation
Volume17
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Chronic pain
  • Multidisciplinary treatment
  • Phenomenological model
  • Theoretical study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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