This project explored the issues of chronic pain and its impact on the lives of older women. The introduction provided definitions and an introduction to theories of pain. Western treatments for chronic pain and their limitations were discussed. The review of the literature documented that neither medical interventions nor psychological treatments offer relief to all chronic pain sufferers and, in particular, to older women. This paper reviewed the research evaluating the efficacy of acceptance and commitment therapy in the treatment of chronic pain, indicating that these women may benefit from group counseling using this evidence-based approach. A long-term acceptance and commitment therapy group is proposed as a means to assist older women with chronic pain, with the primary goal of helping them to live active lives in accordance with their values, in spite of the presence of persistent pain.
|School:||Saint Mary's College of California|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Chronic pain treatment, Gender differences, Group therapy, Older women, Pain theories|
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