Cognitive behavioral therapy for chronic pain: Strategies for the successful use of homework assignments

Malcolm H. Johnson, Nikolaos Kazantzis

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Presents an overview of the research findings to date, and practical guidelines for the use of homework in psychosocial treatments for patients with chronic pain. Generally, psychosocial treatments incorporating homework assignments help patients to improve more than when treatment is comprised entirely of in-session work. The article outlines common obstacles experienced when using homework with pain patients and strategies to combat these obstacles. The types of homework assignments that may be most helpful, as well as interventions that can be used to promote homework compliance and successful treatment outcome are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-218
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Rational - Emotive and Cognitive - Behavior Therapy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Chronic pain
  • Cognitive-behavior therapy
  • Compliance
  • Homework assignments

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