Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Behavioral Pain Management for Persistent Pain
Seriously ill patients often experience persistent pain. As a part of a comprehensive repertoire of pain interventions, palliative care clinicians can help by using behavioral pain management. Techniques involve promoting helpful behaviors (e.g., activity pacing, stretching, and relaxation exercises) and modifying underlying patterns of thinking, feeling, and communicating that can exacerbate pain. This article in the Journal of Palliative Medicine reviews the current evidence for behavioral interventions for persistent pain and provides 10 recommendations.