Chronic Pain and Psychiatric Care
Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD discusses the need for including psychiatric care in the treatment of chronic pain. This column focuses on the increase in opioid therapy to treat chronic pain, which can result in opiod misuse or abuse in patients with psychiatric disorders. Additionally, studies have suggested that chronic pain and common mental disorders are intimately linked. Through this evidence, Dr. Sullivan calls for an integration of psychiatrists into the primary care team to better adress both the mental and physical needs of chronic care patients.