ARLINGTON - Dr.
Robert J. Gatchel, the Nancy P. & John G. Penson Endowed Professor
in Clinical Health Psychology and chairman of the Department of
Psychology at The University of Texas at Arlington, has received
another national honor in recognition of his outstanding work in the
area of pain management. The American Pain Society, as a
result of its 30 years of leadership in pain management, initiated a
Clinical Centers of Excellence in Pain Management Awards Program in
order to recognize and reward top-quality clinical care in pain
management. The Award will be presented at a May 8 banquet during the annual meeting of the American Pain Society in Tampa.
This year, the Productive Rehabilitation Institute of Dallas for Ergonomics (PRIDE) received this award. Gatchel
is PRIDE’S research director. The American Pain Society, in recognizing
PRIDE, describes it in the following terms: “As an outpatient program
with a population comprising mostly workers’ compensation patients,
PRIDE’s revolutionary approach to pain management provides a
cost-effective solution for difficult-to-treat patients and an
unrivaled 85 to 90 percent return-to-work success rate. PRIDE
has a 25-year history of performing “functional restoration,” its own
specific variant of chronic pain management that bucks the trend of
traditional pain techniques. The program’s goals are increased function, return-to-work, improved quality of life, and reduced dependence on opioids. The
interdisciplinary treatment includes physical and occupational therapy,
psychological counseling, disability management, and biofeedback with
on-site medical direction.
Gatchel supervises pre-dissertation psychology students who compile research from prospectively collected PRIDE patient data. Medical
Director Tom G. Mayer, MD, is active in research efforts and works with
organizations like AMA and ACOEM to develop treatment and impairment
guidelines on pain management issues. PRIDE helps keep
pain management and functional restoration in the spotlight by
continually generating relevant information on the topic, publishing
more than 150 articles in medical journals and multiple books and book
chapters over the past 24 years.
multidisciplinary physician staff includes board-certified specialists
in orthopedic surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and
psychiatry and pain management. PRIDE’s interdisciplinary
treatment team includes nurses, nurse practitioners, physical and
occupational therapists, exercise physiologists, psychologists,
biofeedback specialists, vocational specialists, and disability case
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