Mind-body therapies for the self-management of chronic pain symptoms

Courtney Lee*, Cindy Crawford, Anita Hickey, Chester C. Buckenmaier, Paul Crawford, Roxana Delgado, Daniel Freilich, Wayne B. Jonas, Todd May, Richard P. Petri, Eric B. Schoomaker, Christopher Spevak, Steven Swann, Alexandra York

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Objectives: Chronic pain management typically consists of prescription medications or provider-based, behavioral, or interventional procedures which are often ineffective, may be costly, and can be associated with undesirable side effects. Because chronic pain affects the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), patient-centered complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) therapies that acknowledge the patients' roles in their own healing processes have the potential to provide more efficient and comprehensive chronic pain management. Active self-care complementary and integrative medicine (ACT-CIM) therapies allow for a more diverse, patient-centered treatment of complex symptoms, promote self-management, and are relatively safe and cost-effective. To date, there are no systematic reviews examining the full range of ACT-CIM used for chronic pain symptom management. Methods: A systematic review was conducted, using Samueli Institute's rapid evidence assessment of the literature (REAL

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S21-S39
JournalPain Medicine (United States)
Issue numberS1
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Chronic Pain
  • Complementary and Integrative Medicine
  • Mind-Body Therapies
  • Rapid Evidence Assessment of the Literature
  • Self-Care
  • Systematic Review


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