Chronic Non-Malignant Pain: Psychosocial Assessment
By the end of this episode you will be able to:
- describe the elements of the cognitive behavioural model
- describe how they relate to the assessment of chronic pain patients
As has been discussed in other episodes chronic pain is multi-faceted and assessing it can be complex. In this episode the focus is on assessing the psychosocial elements of pain using the cognitive behavioural model. Detailed discussion of tools and techniques are covered in other episodes but in this case the focus is on gaining an overview of the factors which may be influencing an individuals experience of living with chronic pain.    
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