Pain clinic referral to psychological services best addressed with collaboration

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Kathy Sexton-Radek *
A. Tony Chami
(*) Corresponding Author:
Kathy Sexton-Radek | kathysr@elmhurst.edu

Abstract

A case study of a middle aged female with severe musculoskeletal medical conditions causing severe pain is presented. The referral for psychological services was conducted in concordance with the medical treatments. In this case, the complex nature of the severe musculoskeletal medical conditions necessitated intensive care and the collaborative communications provided this to the patient. A tabulation of representative treatments is provided with an explanation of the nature of the collaboration. Outcome data in terms of patient self-reported pain ratings and sleep logging provided evidence of a mild improvement and stability where more negative findings, given the complexity of the medical conditions was expected.

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