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South Carolina: Research Examines Effectiveness of Interdisciplinary Intensive Outpatient Programs for those with Diverse Chronic Pain Conditions

Research conducted by members of the Department of Exercise Science’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, as well as the Army Medical Department Center and School has examined the effectiveness of interdisciplinary intensive outpatient programs in a population with diverse chronic pain conditions. They published their systematic review and meta-analysis in Pain Management.

With this study, the authors aimed to explore how well these programs work for adults with chronic pain while also examining the effects of these interventions on individual outcome measures (e.g., pain intensity, pain catastrophizing, depressive symptoms, quality of life, medication use). They analyzed 13 peer-reviewed studies, which included 12 observational studies and one randomized controlled trial.

The authors found that participation in these programs may improve physical, emotional, social and mental health as indicated by quality of life measures. These programs are also associated with decreasing pain intensity, pain catastrophizing and depressive symptoms in a population with diverse diagnoses.

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