In pain medicine, the biopsychosocial approach is both crucial for diagnostic evaluation and therapeutic intervention and a prerequisite for successful pain management. Typical of a good pain therapist is not only his or her holistic method of thinking and acting but also that he or she allows and creates interdisciplinary integration. This aspect of pain medicine is at once both down to earth and exciting. Over the past years, intense research efforts have helped to establish an evidence-based foundation for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of pain. This development is invaluable for older adults who live with acute and chronic pain.
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