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Comorbidity of Chronic Pain and Mental Health Disorders: The Biopsychosocial Perspective

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Title: Comorbidity of Chronic Pain and Mental Health Disorders: The Biopsychosocial Perspective
Author: Gatchel, Robert J.
Abstract: We are entering an exciting period in mental and physical health research, resulting from a paradigm shift away from an outdated biomedical reductionism approach, to a more comprehensive biopsychosocial model, which emphasizes the unique interactions among biological, psychological and social factors required to better understand health and illness. This biopsychosocial perspective is important in evaluating the comorbidity of mental and physical health problems. Psychiatric and medical pathologies interface prominently in pain disorders. Important topics in the biopsychosocial approach to comorbid chronic mental and physical health disorders, focusing primarily on pain, are presented. Though this biopsychosocial model has produced dramatic advances in health psychology over the past two decades, important challenges to moving the field forward still remain.
Description: Author's final draft after peer review, also known as a post print.This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA Journal. It is not the copy of record.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10106/1922
Date: 2009-11-20
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0003-066X.59.8.795

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