Pain unit director: Role issues for health psychologists
Department of Psychiatry
Medical Subject Headings
Pain; Pain Clinics; Behavioral Medicine
Health Psychology | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology
The increasing involvement of psychologists in the treatment of chronic pain has led to the emergence of psychologists as directors of multidisciplinary pain treatment programs. Although the role of pain unit director offers many opportunities to psychologists, several potential problems exist. Relationships with physicians must be carefully addressed; adequate administrative support must be secured; and the requisite clinical privileges must be sanctioned. Without such interprofessional and administrative groundwork, psychologists will have difficulty functioning within a medically dominated health care system. (16 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
Doerfler, Leonard A.; Parker, Jerry C.; and Karol, Robert L., "Pain unit director: Role issues for health psychologists" (1983). Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations. 600.