Advancing psychological therapies for chronic pain

Christopher Eccleston, Geert Crombez

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

43 Citations (SciVal)


There is a strong tradition of therapy development and evaluation in the field of psychological interventions for chronic pain. However, despite this research production, the effects of treatments remain uncertain, and treatment development has stalled. This review summarises the current evidence but focusses on promising areas for improvement. Advancing psychological therapies for chronic pain will come from a radical re-imagining of the content, delivery, place, and control of therapy. The next generation of therapeutic interventions will also need alternative methods of measurement and evaluation, and options are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number461
JournalF1000 Research
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2017


  • Chronic pain
  • Embodied pain
  • Non-pharmacological interventions
  • Psychological therapies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Advancing psychological therapies for chronic pain'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this