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The effectiveness of internet-based ACT and mindfulness interventions in chronic pain patients : a systematic review

Klooster, K.N. van der (2019) The effectiveness of internet-based ACT and mindfulness interventions in chronic pain patients : a systematic review.

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Abstract:There is a growing body of evidence that shows that third generation Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness interventions), can be effective in the management of chronic pain. As a result of increasing internet-use, also these interventions are more and more delivered online. However, there are no systematic reviews on the effectiveness of internet-based third generation CBT for chronic pain yet. Therefore, the aim of this thesis is to provide an overview of the RCT’s on the effectiveness of internet-based ACT and mindfulness interventions in chronic pain patients. Until 2019-01-03, databases (PubMed, PsycINFO, Web of Science, Scopus) were searched for published journal articles. The search strategy combined keywords for ACT and mindfulness with keywords for chronic pain and internet-based. Two reviewers independently assessed the quality of the RCT’s using the Cochrane risk of bias tool. Eight RCT's were included in this thesis, with a total study population of 1060 participants with chronic pain. Findings suggests that online ACT and mindfulness interventions may be a valuable addition in the treatment of chronic pain, for example through delivering them to patients on waiting lists in pain clinics. Main findings, limitations, directions for future research and implications are discussed.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/77902
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