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Does the addition of an implementation intention plan enhance the effects of attention bias modification on attentional bias in persistent pain?

The main aim of this study was to test the impact of attentional bias modification (ABM), which trained attention away from pain cues, augmented with an implementation intention plan (ABM-IMP), on pain-related attentional bias and pain experience in individuals with persistent self-reported benign pain that had lasted at least 3 months. 

Overall, results provided preliminary evidence that a single session of Attentional Bias training together with an added implementation intention instruction alleviated pain experience after one week. However the mechanisms underpinning this finding need further exploration. 

The study final report can be downloaded below.

Helen Sutherland,
18 Nov 2016, 03:40