Psychiatric issues in chronic pain

Michael R. Clark

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10 Scopus citations


Chronic pain requires comprehensive care. While interdisciplinary approaches are recommended, the role of psychiatrists is often misunderstood. Psychiatrists should be involved with the care of patients with chronic pain as early as possible to maximize outcome. Psychiatrists offer an expertise that specifically addresses important deficiencies in the care of patients with chronic pain: 1) the lack of a detailed formulation, 2) the lumping of all psychopathology, and 3) the failure to effectively use psychopharmacologic treatments. This review provides a framework for formulating the diagnoses and treatments of patients with chronic pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-250
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent psychiatry reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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