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Beth Darnall, PhD, has been called a pioneer in her field for researching how the mind and body work together and how pain can be altered by people harnessing the power of the mind to shape the nervous system. She empowers patients to self-manage their pain and reduce opioid use when desired, and her publications are helpful resources that are widely used by clinicians and patients. Beth also leads training workshops for clinicians and psychologists alike, so they can use these powerful evidence-based therapies with their own patients.

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5 Selected Open-Access Scientific Articles

  1. Darnall BD & Colloca L. Optimizing Placebo and Minimizing Nocebo to Reduce Pain, Catastrophizing, and Opioid Use: A Review of the Science and an Evidence-Informed Clinical Toolkit. Int Rev Neurobiol. 2018;139:129-157.
  2. Darnall BD. To treat pain, study people in all their complexity. Nature 2018 May; 557 (7703):7. PMID: 29717254.
  3. Darnall BD, Ziadni MS, Stieg RL, Mackey IG, Kao MC, Flood P. Patient-Centered Prescription Opioid Tapering in Community Outpatients with Chronic Pain. JAMA Internal Medicine, 2018 May 1;178(5):707-708. PMID: 29459978.
  4. Darnall BD, Ziadni MS, Roy A, Kao MC, Sturgeon JA, Cook KF, Lorig K, Burns JW, Mackey SC. Comparative Efficacy and Mechanisms of a Single-Session Pain Psychology: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial in Chronic Low Back Pain. Trials 2018; 19:165. PMID: 29510735.
  5. Darnall BD, Sturgeon JA, Hah JM, Kao MC, Mackey SC.  ‘From Catastrophizing to Recovery’: A pilot study of a single-session treatment for pain catastrophizing. J Pain Research. 2014; (7):219-226. PMID: 24851056.

View Dr. Darnall’s full listing of peer-reviewed articles.

International Stakeholder Community of Pain Experts and Leaders Call for an Urgent Action on Forced Opioid Tapering

This week we published in Pain Medicine a letter opposing community-based forced prescription opioid tapering in patients taking long-term prescription opioids. The letter expresses deep concern over a lack of patient protections and evidence to support reductive policies that center on forced opioid [...]

My Op-Ed in “The Hill” – A Case for Patient-Centered for Pain Research and Treatment

Healthcare remains a top priority and hotly contested political issue for Americans. Foremost among health concerns are pain treatment, opioids, and access to care. In the run-up to the mid-term elections, The Hill published my Op-Ed on the importance of [...]

National Spotlight: Congressional Briefing, and Advocacy for Patient-Centered Research and Pain Care

Earlier this month I was honored to be an invited speaker at a Washington D.C. Congressional Briefing focused on the “Opioid Recovery Act of 2018.” The open session drew key stakeholders from varied backgrounds. I used my time to describe [...]

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