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Director: Michael R. Clark, M.D., M.P.H.
The Pain Treatment Program (PTP) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers comprehensive evaluation, treatment planning, and care for patients with chronic, disabling pain that requires intensive rehabilitation. Our interdisciplinary team is led by psychiatrists who specialize in restoring function to patients suffering from chronic illness. In concert with nurses, social workers, nurse practitioners, physical therapists and other specialists, we develop an individual treatment plan for each patient. Consultations are requested as needed from anesthesiology, internal medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, and physical medicine in order to address the complex interactions of the medical, neurological, and psychiatric issues of chronic pain. Surgical, interventional, pharmacological, physical, and psychological therapies are all potentially available to our patients with the goal of returning patients to a state of health with an improved quality of life.
Patients with chronic pain often become disabled in the pursuit of gaining relief from their pain. Our philosophy of pain treatment is based on our experience that patients suffer more when their functioning and quality of life are impaired. Our goal is to increase the functional ability of each patient to the highest possible level. Our approach recognizes the fundamental differences in the individual pathways that patients have taken to their unique profile of disabilities. The program’s comprehensive approach organizes care with an individualized formulation that targets specific diseases, personal vulnerabilities, dysfunctional behaviors, and meaningful life events. Treatment plans are designed to fix the pathology of diseases, enhance personal abilities, teach healthy behaviors, and instill a sense of hope for a successful future.
The PTP has grown into a continuum of care that includes an inpatient unit, a partial hospitalization program (Day Hospital), and an outpatient consultation clinic. On these pages you can learn more about each of these services as well as meet the treatment team, have common questions answered (FAQs), find publications and weblinks resources, and learn about the admissions process as well as important billing and insurance information.
Pain Treatment Program
Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
600 North Wolfe Steet, Meyer 143
Baltimore, Maryland 21287