Preliminary Report on Tri-Modal Treatment Based Stress Management Program for the Psychosomatic Patient,
FITZSIMONS ARMY MEDICAL CENTER AURORA CO
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The role of Psychology and health care has blossomed to the point where specialization is not uncommon. The identification of psychological etiologies for somatic disease as well as the alleviation and resolution of somatic complaints have become a routine endeavor for the practicing clinician. In an attempt to maximize the delivery of psychological services to psychosomatic patients, the Psychology Service at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center developed a 10 week Stress Management Program SMP aimed specifically at relief of somatic symptomatology. This paper describes the program and offers a clinically oriented review. The SMP is composed of three modalities namely, Rational Behavior Therapy, Relaxation Therapy, and Biofeedback Therapy. The integration of these varied approaches is discussed. From its inception, the SMP has been designed with at least some empirical measurement of effectiveness. Initial and very preliminary results on a pre-post MMPI, a post treatment survey, and an EMG measure are presented.