The Whole Story: Biopsychosocial Approach to the Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Chronic Pain
It has been repeatedly demonstrated that the biopsychosocial model is the most heuristic and comprehensive approach to the assessment and treatment of pain. This model conceptualizes pain as a dynamic and complex interaction among biological/physical, psychological, and social factors that often perpetuates and may worsen the clinical presentation of pain. It also explains why there are frequent individual differences in the experience and expression of pain symptomatology. In this program, two important areas are reviewed: 1. The biopsychosocial assessment of pain; and 2. How this biopsychosocial assessment approach has led to methods to prevent the transition of acute pain to chronic pain and disability. Two of the most prevalent musculoskeletal pain conditions are discussed: chronic low back pain; which ranks No. 1 as the most prevalent of these conditions; and temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder, which ranks second only to low back pain. We now have reliable methods to reliably screen these patients at the acute stage to determine their “risk status,” and then provide early biopsychosocial intervention in order to prevent the development of chronicity. Examples of such programs are presented.
Faculty: Robert J. Gatchel, PhD, ABPP
This 1-hour CME activity is designed for all clinicians who treat chronic pain.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Discuss the biopsychosocial model of pain.
- Discuss how chronic pain can be prevented.
- Discuss differences between chronic low back pain and TMJ pain.
Robert J. Gatchel, PhD, ABPP, received his bachelor’s degree in psychology, Summa Cum Laude, in 1969 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and his PhD in clinical psychology in 1973 from the University of Wisconsin. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Dr. Gatchel is currently a distinguished professor of the department of psychology, College of Science, as well as the Nancy P. and John G. Penson Endowed Professor of Clinical Health Psychology at The University of Texas at Arlington. In addition, he is the director of the Center of Excellence for the Study of Health & Chronic Illnesses. Dr. Gatchel has conducted extensive evidence-based clinical research in the area of pain, much of it continuously funded for the past 30 years by grants from the NIH, NSF, and DOD. He was also the recipient of a prestigious Senior Scientist Award from NIH. He has published more than 376 journal articles and 130 book chapters and has authored or edited 27 books. Dr. Gatchel has received numerous national and international awards and honors associated with his work in pain assessment and management.
Staff and Content Validation Reviewer Disclosures
The staff involved with this activity and any content validation reviewers of this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.
Planning Committee/Faculty Disclosure
Dr. Gatchel reports that he has nothing to disclose.
Debra Nelson-Hogan, Director of Education for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, reports that she has nothing to disclose.
Cathleen Coneghen, Assistant Director of Education for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, reports that she has nothing to disclose.
The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a health care provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
For questions regarding CME for this activity, you may reach the department of education at the Academy of Integrative Pain Management at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For successful completion of this activity, please complete a pre-test; utilize the audio recordings synched with the presentation slides to review the content, providing answers to your questions as necessary; and complete a post-test and evaluation following the activity. You will then be prompted to print your certificate. This activity should take approximately 60 minutes to complete.
This program is accredited for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and psychologists. All other clinicians can submit the certificate of attendance upon completion of the program to their licensing boards for consideration of credit.
The Academy of Integrative Pain Management is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Academy of Integrative Pain Management designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Amedco is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
This enduring course is co-provided by Amedco and the Academy of Integrative Pain Management. Maximum of 1 contact hour(s).
The Academy of Integrative Pain Management is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The American Academy of Pain Management maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The Academy designates this activity for a maximum of 1 CE credit.
Amedco is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Amedco designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 contact hour(s). Full attendance is required. No partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attedance.
- 1.00 ACPE
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
- 1.00 ANCC
- 1.00 APA
- 1.00 Document of Attendance