Building Bridges: Six Steps to Improve Integrated Pain Care

Updated: November 5, 2019

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Chronic pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined, but medical and behavioral health providers lack comprehensive training in how to best treat individuals with chronic pain. This results in clinicians being unaware of when and where to refer a patient with chronic pain and underutilizing integrated care teams.

Pain is a whole-person experience that can be effectively managed through both medical and behavioral treatments. Integrating behavioral health approaches into primary care settings is imperative to improving patient outcomes, reducing opioid dependency, and removing pain-related stigma.

This resource lays out six simple steps to guide and better address the needs of patients with chronic pain by focusing on integrating primary and behavioral health services that are accessible, team-based, and routine.

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For a deeper dive into chronic pain management, watch PCDC’s webinar: Primary Care Providers Capitalizing on Behavioral Skills for Pain Management.