Psychobiological Correlates of Improved Mental Health in Patients With Musculoskeletal Pain After a Mindfulness-based Pain Management Program

  title={Psychobiological Correlates of Improved Mental Health in Patients With Musculoskeletal Pain After a Mindfulness-based Pain Management Program},
  author={Christopher Andrew Brown and Anthony K. P. Jones},
  journal={The Clinical Journal of Pain},
Objectives:Mindfulness-based pain management programs (MBPMs) aim to improve mental and physical health in individuals with chronic pain. In this study, we investigated whether improvement in mental health might require (1) reduction in the sensory pain experience and brain correlates of that experience, and/or (2) improved perceptions of the controllability of pain and corresponding brain activity related to cognitive control and emotional regulation. Methods:Twenty-eight patients with chronic… 
Research Findings Using Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Chronic Pain
  • T. Skaer
  • Psychology, Medicine
    PST 2015
  • 2015
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