Lunde & Nordhus, 2009

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Lunde, L.-H., & Nordhus, I. H. (2009). Combining acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of chronic pain in older adults. Clinical Case Studies, 84, 296-398.

Publication Topic: 
ACT: Empirical
Publication Type: 
acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, chronic pain, older adults, mindfulness skills

The article discusses a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for chronic pain and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) that was applied to an older adult. Findings reveal that a brief intervention of 8 weeks was effective in producing a clinically significant change in pain experience, as well as an increase in sleep quality/sleep maintenance and acceptance of pain. It is suggested that a central ACT component such as mindfulness skills as well as the focus on values may contribute to efficacy of cognitive behavioral treatment for chronic pain.