Track: OEM Clinical Practice
Joseph S. Pachman, MD, PhD, MPH, FACOEM*, Liberty Mutual Group, Tarrytown, NY
Brandly Cole, PsyD, Rosomoff Comprehensive Pain Center, Miami, FL
William S. Shaw, PhD*, Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, Hopkinton, MA
Psychosocial factors play a significant role in perpetuating chronic pain and disability in workers’ compensation, and clinicians frequently encounter workplace, psychological, and socio-cultural issues that can impede recovery and return to work. The goal of this session is to provide a synthesis of the scientific literature on psychosocial factors in chronic pain and to provide case studies and practical recommendations for dealing with psychosocial factors in the treatment of persistent work-related pain. In particular, the presentation will emphasize ways to identify central psychosocial concerns that might form the basis for patient-centered intervention and decision-making.