Renowned pain expert, Dr. Howard Fields MD, PhD (Professor Emeritus at the UCSF Department of Neurology & Physiology), presented a REACH seminar entitled “Pain: A motivation-decision model” on June 19, 2020 via Zoom. Nearly 30 researchers from across the country virtually attended to hear Dr. Fields. He described predictive cues that can modulate pain and how patient expectations/behaviors can often predict clinical outcomes. The seminar concluded with a discussion of clinical implications, such as how ongoing nociceptive input produces biases toward pain avoidance responses, and that early success with initial treatments influences patient expectations and optimism as it relates to pain.
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