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Multimodal rehabilitation denotes a combination of psychological measures and physical activity/exercise, manual or physical methods. Health care personnel work in a team, of which the patient is also a member. The measures need to be coordinated and continued over a lengthy period of time. Multimodal rehabilitation is usually carried out at a hospital, in special clinics.
Behavioural medicine is based on the concept that the patient’s thoughts, behaviour and environment are of importance for rehabilitation. Treatment strategies intended to change behaviour are combined with physical activity/ exercise. Together, the therapist, usually a physiotherapist and the patient share responsibility for carrying out the treatment. The treatment can be carried out in the primary care setting.
Acupuncture stimulates using needles which penetrate the skin or the mucous membrane. The method is applied both within orthodox health care and in alternative and complementary medicine.
How to cite this report: SBU. Rehabilitation of patients with chronic pain conditions. Stockholm: Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment (SBU); 2010. SBU report no 198 (in Swedish).
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