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Volume 36 , Issue 1
Winter 2022

Pages 2125

Evaluation of About Face: A Psychology and Physiotherapy Pain Management Program for Adults with Persistent Facial Pain

Jolyon Poole, DClinPsychol/Rachel Stovell, MSc/Elenor McLaren, DClinPsychol/Susie Holder, MSc/Clare Maddocks, DClinPsychol/Maeve Larkin, MSc/Joanna M. Zakrzewska, MD

DOI: 10.11607/ofph.2924

Aims: To evaluate About Face, a pain management program aimed at increasing quality of life in adults living with persistent facial pain through psychology- and physiotherapy-based skill development. Methods: A total of 90 patients attended a six-session program with a 1-month follow-up between 2015 and 2019. Patients filled out self-reported outcome measures preprogram, postprogram, and at a 1-month follow-up visit. Results: There was a significant reduction in pain catastrophizing and a significant increase in engagement in meaningful activity, as well as a reduction in pain-related interference. Conclusion: This evaluation adds to the small amount of existing literature on interventions aimed at increasing quality of life in patients living with persistent facial pain and provides suggestions for future research.

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