Results of Behavior Modification in the Treatment of Chronic Pain

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Two hundred patients with chronic pain were treated in an in-patient program in which behavior modification was the major therapeutic modality. The patients were characterized by having had pain of many years' duration, multiple operations, treatment failures, prolonged disability, compensation factors, and dependency on medication. At hospital dismissal, 59% of the patients had achieved moderate improvement or better. At a 3-mo follow-up, 40% of the admitted patients (75% of those successfully treated) were still doing well, and after 1 yr, 25% of those originally admitted continued to do well (65% of those successfully treated).

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