Differential psychophysiological effects of operant and cognitive behavioural treatments in women with fibromyalgia

K. Thieme, D.C. Turk, R.H. Gracely, H. Flor
  • European Journal of Pain, June 2016, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1002/ejp.872

Operant and cognitive-behavioral treatment in fibromyalgia

What is it about?

Psychological pain treatment has a long-lasting effect of pain reduction in chronic pain patients. This paper shows (1) that physiological responses on stress are changed after both operant and cognitive-behavioral therapy, and (2) they provoke different physiological responses, and (3) those are associated with different physiological mechanisms.

Why is it important?

The results support the approach that patients with high blood pressure and high pain intensity should be treated with operant pain therapy. Patients with high stress levels and lower pain might profit from cognitive-behavioral pain therapy,


Prof. Dr. Kati Thieme (Author)
Philipps-University Marburg

The next step might be tailored treatments that will bring more pain relief to our patients.

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