Benjamin H K Balderson

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In primary care and physical therapy settings, we evaluated an intervention for chronic back pain patients which incorporated fear reducing and activating techniques. Primary care patients seen for back pain in primary care were screened to identify persons with significant activity limitations 8-10 weeks after their visit. Eligible and willing patients(More)
The population of persons living with HIV (PLWH) is growing older and more prone to developing other chronic health conditions. Disease progression has been shown to be related to quality of life (QoL). However, descriptions of chronic comorbid illnesses and the unique QoL challenges of older adults living with HIV are not well understood and have not been(More)
OBJECTIVE This paper examines the prevalence and severity of comorbid pain, insomnia, and depression in a population sample of older adults with osteoarthritis (OA), and assesses characteristics distinguishing participants from non-participants in a randomized clinical trial to improve pain and sleep. METHODS Potential subjects were Group Health(More)
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is believed to improve chronic pain problems by decreasing patient catastrophizing and increasing patient self-efficacy for managing pain. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is believed to benefit patients with chronic pain by increasing mindfulness and pain acceptance. However, little is known about how these(More)
BACKGROUND Despite numerous options for treating back pain and the increasing healthcare resources devoted to this problem, the prevalence and impact of back pain-related disability has not improved. It is now recognized that psychosocial factors, as well as physical factors, are important predictors of poor outcomes for back pain. A promising new approach(More)
BACKGROUND The self-reported health and functional status of persons with back pain in the United States have declined in recent years, despite greatly increased medical expenditures due to this problem. Although patient psychosocial factors such as pain-related beliefs, thoughts and coping behaviors have been demonstrated to affect how well patients(More)
OBJECTIVE To reexamine members of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP) to document trends in training experiences of individuals who identify themselves as pediatric psychologists. METHODS Using the 1999 SPP membership list, we asked respondents to complete a survey describing their degree status, theoretical orientation of graduate program, type of(More)
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