A Behavioral Intervention for Depression and Chronic Pain in Primary Care
Chronic pain and depression frequently co-exist in late and mid-life and contribute to increased disability, high health care costs, psychiatric comorbidity, and suicide. Older and middle-aged depressed-pain patients: a) are mainly treated in primary care practices; and b) are often prescribed medication, which increases the risk for addiction to opioids and benzodiazepines. Despite the need and desire by the patients and providers for primary care behavioral intervention, behavioral interventions are scarce in primary care. Read the details.