Return To Work As A Treatment Objective For Patients With Chronic Pain?
|Sullivan MJL1* and Hyman MH2|
|1Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|2Department of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA|
|Corresponding Author :||Michael Sullivan
Department of Psychology, Medicine and Neurology
Canada Research Chair in Behavioral Health McGill University
1205 Docteur Penfield, Montreal (Quebec), H3A 1B1, Canada
Tel: 514 398 5677
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|Received December 20, 2013; Accepted January 15, 2014; Published January 17, 2014|
|Citation: Sullivan MJL, Hyman MH (2014) Return to Work as a Treatment Objective for Patients with Chronic Pain? J Pain Relief 3:130. doi: 10.4172/2167-0846.1000130|
|Copyright: © 2014 Sullivan MJL, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.|
Evidence-based clinical guidelines emphasize early return- to-work as a critical treatment objective in the management of recent onset pain conditions. However, something changes when a pain condition becomes chronic. For chronic pain conditions, return-to-work is rarely put forward as a primary treatment objective. Consequently, successful return to work is rarely an outcome in the treatment of chronic pain conditions. This editorial makes the case for placing return-to-work as a central objective of the treatment of chronic pain, regardless of the duration of chronicity.