Published by Medical News Today
New research zooms in on a specific form of cognitive behavioral therapy and examines its benefits for people living with chronic pain.
According to the latest data from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), over 25 million Americans are currently living with chronic pain.
More and more studies have shown that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps people cope with the condition. But, as some have pointed out, it is not entirely clear which aspects of the therapy are helpful for people with chronic pain, or how the treatment could be improved in order to achieve better results.
This is why a team of researchers from King’s College London (KCL) in the United Kingdom set out to examine the benefits of a particular form of CBT – called “acceptance and commitment therapy” (ACT) – on the functioning and well-being of patients with chronic pain.
The first author of the new study is Lin Yu, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at KCL, and the findings were published in the Journal of Pain.