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date: 06 December 2019

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Chronic pain impacts a significant portion of the general population and often poses barriers to optimal functioning in a variety of activities of daily living. Our understanding of chronic pain has progressed considerably from a unidirectional pain processing model of afferent sensation to one involving a complex interplay of multiple factors including biological, psychological, and sociological components. This chapter discusses the complex interface of cognition, behavior, and pathophysiology on persistent pain, and its psychological and behavioral comorbidities. Current and emerging treatment paradigms and interventional contexts reflecting the multidimensionality of the chronic pain syndrome are also presented. Finally, future directions of study to advance the field of chronic pain psychology are proposed.

Keywords: Chronic pain, depression, anxiety, pain behavior, assessment, outcomes, multidisciplinary treatment

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