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Community programme reduces depression in patients with chronic pain, study shows

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3352 (Published 16 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3352
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

A community based programme helping patients to use a cognitive behavioural approach to manage chronic pain reduced depression but not pain related disability over 12 months, a UK study has shown.1

Researchers randomly assigned 703 adults (mean age 59.9) with musculoskeletal pain for more than three months to a group intervention or to usual care plus a relaxation CD. The group intervention involved sessions for learning cognitive behavioural approaches, with a …

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