[Therapeutic relationship and communication. Attitude towards patients with functional pain syndromes]

C Hausteiner-Wiehle, R Schaefert
Der Schmerz 2013, 27 (4): 419-27; quiz 428-9
Establishing a trustful therapeutic relationship and reflecting on attitudes and behavior is essential in caring for patients with functional pain syndromes. Hope-disappointment circles are common and can be intensified by unfavorable caregiver behavior. A biopsychosocial, empathetic and coping-oriented attitude has proved to be useful. A motivating communication is recommended that carefully explores the pain and its interactions with psychosocial factors following the three typical phases of accepting complaints, establishing biopsychosocial understanding and developing coping strategies.

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