Psychological Evaluation and Management of Chronic Pancreatitis

Brooke Palmer, Megan Petrik

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Chronic pancreatitis is a chronic digestive disorder that greatly diminishes the quality of life and is associated with significant psychological distress. A best practice recommendation in treating chronic pancreatitis is offering care in a multidisciplinary model that includes access to a behavioral health provider among other medical professionals. Behavioral interventions for patients with chronic pancreatitis have promise to improve the management of pain, comorbid psychiatric symptoms, and quality of life. If surgical interventions such as a total pancreatectomy islet autotransplant are considered, evaluating and mitigating psychosocial risk factors may aid the selection of appropriate candidates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)799-813
Number of pages15
JournalGastroenterology Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
M. Petrik serves as a consultant for Mahana Therapeutics. There are no other disclosures.


  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Pain
  • Psychogastroenterology
  • Total pancreatectomy islet auto transplant
  • Pancreatectomy/adverse effects
  • Humans
  • Islets of Langerhans Transplantation
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Pancreatitis, Chronic/therapy
  • Quality of Life/psychology
  • Chronic Disease

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Review


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