In this issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain, Andrea Hållstam and coworkers report on a one-year follow-up of a multimodal rehabilitation programme carried out at a “conventional pain clinic” at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden .1Treatment options for relieving the burden of chronic pain for patients and societyThe burden of chronic pain on society and the health care system is immense  and resources for treatment and rehabilitation are not evenly distributed in the world. The topic of the article by Hållstam et al.  is of special interest since it reflects the actual situation at many hospitals and clinical departments dealing with chronic pain in Scandinavia. The “conventional pain clinic”, which is the term used by the authors, is usually driven from an anaesthesiology perspective.The treatment options often comprise unimodal treatments such as pharmacological interventions, injection therapies or blocks, radiofrequency neurolysis, and other types of radiofrequency interventions. Sometimes psychological assessments and treatments are given but not always coordinated in the way multimodal/multidisciplinary rehabilitation programmes (MMRP) require.2Multimodal or multidisciplinary rehabilitation programmes, evolution and evidence baseThe concept of MMRP is not new, has its roots in the late World War era, and is generally based upon a biopsychosocial model
Scandinavian Journal of Pain – de Gruyter
Published: Dec 29, 2017
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