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The impact of obesity on treatment outcomes in a multidisciplinary chronic pain management program

10 August 2013


This study examined the relationship between chronic pain and obesity, specifically examining the effects of obesity on multidisciplinary chronic pain treatment outcomes. Participants completed a 20-day intensive multidisciplinary chronic pain treatment program, and completed pre-post treatment measures assessing chronic pain. These measures were retrospectively analyzed to compare treatment response between obese and non-obese individuals. Mixed between-within ANOVA revealed that both obese and non-obese individuals responded dramatically to MCPM and there were no significant differences between groups on any of the provided measures. These findings suggest that even the most obese individuals benefitted significantly from MCPM, and suggest that chronic pain treatment may be a valuable precursor or adjunct to obesity and weight-loss treatment programs.


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