- Julie Cunningham, PhD, Psychologist, Geisinger Health System, Lewisburg, PA
- Randy Gallamore, MA Postdoctoral Fellow, Geisinger Health System
Chronic pain (CP) is a highly prevalent, multidimensional disease state with widespread consequences. Primary care is the setting in which most patients first present with complaints of pain. However, access to multidisciplinary pain management approaches – the first-line of treatment for CP including psychological and rehabilitative therapies — is typically limited in primary care. This poster describes one family medicine clinic’s approach to address these needs: increasing access to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP) within primary care; and providing support and training to PCPs as a means to facilitate patient engagement in behavioral pain management. An 8-session CBT-CP Group Program, lead by the clinic’s BHC, was unrolled in 2019, and outcomes from the first three cohorts of this Group will be presented. Additionally, findings will be shared from a needs assessment of PCPs and residents, which examined providers’ self-reported knowledge of behavioral pain management as well as identified their needs for training and support in this area.
- Identify outcomes associated with engagement in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP)
- Describe the role Behavioral Health Consultants can play in addressing the problem of chronic pain in primary care
- Discuss the benefits of group-based implementation of CBT-CP in primary care settings