Pain Science and Sensibility Episode 3: Catastrophizing and Graded Exposure

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In episode 3, Sandy and Cory discuss a research article on the role of catastrophizing and it’s impact on the effectiveness of graded exposure treatments. They discuss how they look at catastrophizing in the clinic and the difficulty of graded exposure. Sandy discusses the clinical skills that she’s gained from improvisational acting. Cory learns, much to his dismay, of the association between Pokémon and cheap liquor.

Catastrophizing moderates the effect of exposure in vivo for back pain patients with pain-related fear.
Flink IK, Boersma K, Linton SJ.
Eur J Pain. 2010 Sep;14(8):887-92. doi: 10.1016/j.ejpain.2010.02.003. Epub 2010 Mar 9.

This other article has the original data and analysis, as referred to in the podcast: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18155934

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Music by Kevin MacLeod – incompetech.com:
Intro – Brandenburg No4 and Meatball Parade
Close – Meatball Parade

Photo credit: “Stress” by Bernard Goldbach via Flickr

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