Saturday 28 June
Marie-Jo Brennsthul & Cyril Tarquino
Chronic pain is a major healthcare issue. Additional costs involved in pain management each year in France amount to more than one billion euros, despite various government plans put in place between 1998 and 2010. As a multifactorial issue, chronic pain includes four key components, namely sensory, cognitive, behavioural and emotional aspects. While painkillers have been proven effective in treating acute pain, their long-term use has negative side-effects reducing their effectiveness. In fact, efficacy on those treatments on chronic pain is only moderate in more than half of patients. Psychotherapeutic schemes like hypnosis and cognitive-behavioural therapies also seem to show mixed results.
Considering the use of EMDR therapy is an innovative approach in chronic pain management, this presentation was divided into two steps. The first part focuses on studying the introduction of the traumatic component as a new aspect of chronic pain. In this context, a literature review on comorbidity between chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder was presented.
The main focus of this presentation was to compare the use of EMDR therapy versus eclectic healthcare in a hospital unit specialized in the management of chronic pain. Forty-five patients divided into three groups were treated by standard protocol of EMDR therapy, pain protocol of EMDR therapy and eclectic therapy. Results show the effectiveness of EMDR therapy on sensory, cognitive, behavioural and emotional but also traumatic components of pain, EMDR standard protocol being most efficient after five sessions, and a reduction of pain extending one month after therapy has been discontinued.
I have a PhD in psychology since 2013, realized at the University of Lorraine (France), and supervised by Professor Cyril Tarquinio.
My PhD Research turned to the use of the therapy EMDR in chronic pain management, with in particular the comparison of the use of the Standard EMDR Protocol, versus the chronic pain EMDR Protocol.
I'm a psychologist and accredited EMDR Europe Practitioner.
I teach Psychology with social, nursing and future psychologist workers.