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General Session I Featured

3:45 PM-5:00 PM Thursday, February 27

Annual Meeting Opening & Presidential Remarks (101A)

Tim Lamer

Coping with Persistent Pain: Current State of the Science (101B)

Francis Keefe

When pain persists there are many opportunities for it to affect and be affected by cognitive-behavioral and social factors. The goal of this presentation is to highlight the state-of-the-science in this emerging research area by highlighting key concepts and research studies. The presentation is divided into four sections. The first section provides a conceptual background on coping with persistent pain and provides an update on developments in models of pain coping. The second section highlights key domains that have been shown to be helpful in understanding variations in how people cope with pain. These include both the cognitive-behavioral domain (e.g. self-efficacy, pain acceptance, fear of pain, pain catastrophizing, the meaning of pain) and social domain (e.g. social support, invalidation, pain communication). The third section describes and analyzes psychosocial protocols focused on enhancing patients’ abilities to cope with and deal with pain (e.g. training in pain coping skills, mindfulness training, acceptance-based approaches, partner-assisted approaches, and couples-based interventions). The final section highlights important directions for future research in this area, e.g. novel ways of disseminating behavioral treatments and strategies for training non-psychology professionals in delivering psychosocial treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define advances in stress and coping theory and research that inform current perspectives on the behavioral assessment and treatment of pain.
  • Examine the role that key psychosocial variables play in shaping how individuals adjust to persistent pain.
  • Discuss the rationale and key treatment components of a variety of behavioral treatment protocols for managing pain.
  • Discuss research avenues that promise to extend the reach and impact of behavioral pain management approaches.

Patrick Tighe


Tim Lamer

Francis Keefe