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Contributed by Matt Morgan on 08/22/2013
Katherine Beissner, Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, recently published two interrelated papers in the Fall issue of the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy.
The papers, titled "Implementing a Cognitive-Behavioral Pain Self-Management Program In Home Health Care Part 1: Program Adaptation" and "Implementing a Cognitive–Behavioral Pain Self-Management Program In Home Health Care Part 2: Feasibility and Acceptability," detail the application and response of a pain self-management program originally developed for use in senior centers that was adapted for physical therapists working in home care.
This research is part of an ongoing line of work investigating non-drug management of pain in older adults. Specifically, Beissner and her fellow researchers are interested in the potential for physical therapists to incorporate pain self-management education into usual patient care.