Pain management has been undergoing a gradual but progressive transformation to encompass more integrative practices within its discipline. The theoretical basis for these interventions stem from the biopsychosocial pain model that implicates not just physical but also social and psychological impairments in the pathogenesis of chronic pain. Integrative health emphasizes the patient-provider relationship as a team and utilizes lifestyle changes and all available therapies and health care modalities to optimize health (asamonitor.pub/371erOF). These practices have been particularly impactful in the Veterans Affairs Health Care System (VA), where there is a high prevalence of chronic pain combined with psychosocial stressors, which makes the veteran population particularly amenable to this multidisciplinary approach. The VA currently offers multiple evidence-based Complementary and Integrative Health (CIH) options within the framework of the Whole Health System (WH) in order to address chronic pain...
Life Beyond Pain: Transforming Pain Management Through Integrative Practices
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Jerry P. Kalangara, Sudheer Potru, Anna Woodbury; Life Beyond Pain: Transforming Pain Management Through Integrative Practices. ASA Monitor 2020; 84:35–36 doi: https://doi.org/10.1097/01.ASM.0000724072.11183.f4
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