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The Behavioral Medicine Services at the Center for Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital offer comprehensive assessment and behavioral treatments to patients dealing with chronic pain and experiencing one or more of the following conditions related to that pain:
Patients become members of their care team with a psychologist and psychiatrist from Behavioral Medicine Services. Your team will help you focus on treatment plans, which may include:
Our behavioral group program provides patients with a supportive environment to help them reach their individual goals and interact with others who share their experience. Our group sessions meet once a month and focus on helping patients to develop pain coping skills, self-management techniques, increased ability to function and improving quality of life.
At the Mass General Center for Pain Medicine, we take an interdisciplinary approach to your care. Working with pain specialists throughout the center, we will recommend treatment plans that address different aspects of your condition, and will work with your physician and other providers to coordinate your treatment.
We collaborate with other services within the Center for Pain Medicine to offer:
We also collaborate with other departments throughout Mass General, providing consultative services when needed, and referring patients to other department programs, if recommended. Departments that we collaborate with include surgery, neurology, psychology, oral & maxillofacial surgery and internal medicine.
Your initial consultation with your care team will be an evaluation of your pain condition. We will review your medical history with you. If you are a new patient to the Center for Pain Medicine, please bring a list of medications, vitamins and herbal supplements that you take, along with information on dosages. Please bring any medical records, imaging, consultation notes, and notes on previous treatments and their effectiveness. Additionally, we have found that it is helpful when a patient brings a partner, family member or friend to the consultation.
During your consultation, we will work with you to develop your treatment plan and recommend options that help you achieve your goals. The risks and benefits of each option will be discussed. Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to choose a treatment plan that is right for you.
You must have a referral from your physician in order to schedule an appointment. Once your appointment is scheduled, please fill out the new patient questionnaire and bring it and any other records with you to your first appointment.
To refer a patient to our center, please complete the new patient referral form and fax to 617-726-3441.
Our goal is to follow-up with you within 24 hours of a referral request, and to contact your patient within 48 hours to schedule an appointment. Your patient will need to complete a new patient questionnaire prior to their visit. This questionnaire will help in our initial evaluation, and will help us develop an appropriate pain management plan for your patient.
In addition to our clinical program, we provide consultative services for primary care physicians considering opioid therapy for patients experiencing chronic pain. Our patient services include a comprehensive evaluation involving a psychological screening, and recommendations on medication type and management. In general, the physicians in the Center for Pain Medicine do not prescribe opioid pain medication, but consult with primary care physicians who are responsible for prescribing opioid pain medication.
To refer a patient for chronic opioid therapy consultation, please fill out the behavioral medicine referral form and fax to 617-726-3441.
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Mass General West Center for Pain MedicineSpecialty Suite, Third Floor40 Second AvenueWaltham, MA 02451Phone: 617-726-8810Fax: 617-726-3441
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