A research study at Boston University’s School of Medicine has developed an integrated treatment approach for veterans with chronic pain and PTSD.
Both ailments have been common medical conditions experienced by veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Researchers found great success in using cognitive behavioral therapy and cognitive processing therapy to treat chronic pain and PTSD, respectively. According to Science Daily, patients in the program are evaluated before and after their treatment based on different factors including “pain, PTSD, physical disability and psychological distress.”
A therapist manual, patient workbook and homework assignments have been developed as a result of the study. The 12-week long program is funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs.