Date of Award


Document Type

Critically Appraised Topic


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Anne Haskins

Second Advisor

Breann Lamborn

Third Advisor

Gail Bass/Devon Olson Lambert


The purpose of this critically appraised topic (CAT) paper is to explore the effectiveness of pain reduction through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in assisting men and women who have chronic musculoskeletal pain with instrumental activities of daily living. There is a gap in the literature regarding the effect of cognitive behavioral therapy when managing and perceiving chronic musculoskeletal pain. There is also a gap in long-term research in the performance and satisfaction of instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) when living with chronic pain. Aegler and Satink (2009), Cheng et al. (2017) and Ehde et al. (2014) discussed the impact of chronic pain on occupational performance but do not follow up on specific IADLs and levels of pain post-study or treatment.