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(p. 201) Module 6: Skills for Managing Chronic Pain: Improving Daily Life 

(p. 201) Module 6: Skills for Managing Chronic Pain: Improving Daily Life
(p. 201) Module 6: Skills for Managing Chronic Pain: Improving Daily Life

Ann M. Steffen

, Larry W. Thompson

, and Dolores Gallagher-Thompson

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date: 23 May 2022

There are a number of health conditions experienced by middle-aged and older adults that lead to persistent pain. This chapter supports providers as they help aging clients manage chronic pain and engage in daily living that is consistent with personal values and life goals. The material provided in this chapter can help aging clients apply the gate control theory of pain to regulate emotions, thoughts, and behaviors that increase pain perceptions and disrupt value-based living. This chapter describes the Practice forms provided in the workbook for clients’ use between psychotherapy and integrated primary care sessions to remember and use these skills. This chapter directs clinicians to apply recommended strategies that are responsive to the needs of culturally diverse aging clients, including within the context of telehealth.

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