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HPSIG Podcast: Chronic pain – at the intersection between mind and body

by Dr Kerry-Ann Louw

In this episode we speak to Dr Kerry-Ann Louw, senior lecturer at Stellenbosch university and head of the adult psychiatry clinical unit at Tygerberg hospital, about chronic pain and our misguided separation of the “psychological” from the “physical”. Dr Louw discusses the misconceptions surrounding chronic pain, the complexities in diagnosing and treating it, and the ways in which this is evolving during COVID-19 and beyond. She goes on to describe the powerful role of psychological factors in determining and managing chronic pain, and the profound effect such pain may have on the wellbeing of those who experience it.
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