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Journal of Pain & Relief
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Review Article

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
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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.