Chronic Pain Patients Benefit From Empowerment-Based Model

Chronic Pain Patients Benefit From Empowerment-Based Model
Women with early-stage chronic pain who were referred to a chronic pain group-medical visit program based on an empowerment model had a high degree of comorbidities (the existence of two diseases or condition) and poor health-related quality of life. But after six months of participating in the program, there appeared to be real improvements in quality of life. These are the results of a study entitled Group Medical Visit Using an Empowerment-based model as Treatment for Women with Chronic Pain in an Underserved Community," published in the journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine. The group medical visit model has emerged as a promising method to effectively manage chronic illnesses like chronic pain because it can be more patient-centered. The empowerment model is a novel approach used to provide support, education, and healthy activities guided by participants. The empowerment-based model has been under development since 1997 at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC) and was first created as a treatment for loneliness, but was found to have other health and quality of life benefits. The typical format of an empowerment group visit combines a group check-in, an educational session (which might include exercise, nutrition counseling and group discussion), an activity (which is directed by the group and may involve art work, charity, yoga, or meditation), and an opportunity for an individual medical visit (IMV) with the physician at the request of the patient. To test whether the empowerment group visit model would improve health-re
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