Behavioral assessment of chronic orofacial pain.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Orofacial pain is usually evaluated and treated from a biomedical perspective. There is no question that the large majority of individuals having acute orofacial pain benefit from timely and appropriate medical intervention. When orofacial pain persists, however, the likelihood that this pain can influence and be influenced by behavioral factors increases. While some individuals are able to adapt and cope with chronic orofacial pain, others develop significant behavioral problems. These problems may include an overly sedentary lifestyle, dependence on habit-forming narcotic medications, or severe depression or anxiety. The hallmark of the behavioral perspective on chronic pain is the insistence that a careful assessment and treatment of such behavioral problems is just as important as appropriate biomedical intervention.(1)

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Keefe, FJ; Beckham, JC

Published Date

  • March 1990

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 2-3

Start / End Page

  • 76 - 81

PubMed ID

  • 2085202

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2190310

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-3006


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States