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Psychology and Treatment Resistant Patients

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Treatment resistance is an increasingly recognized and important barrier to the success of many medical interventions, and it occurs across almost all medical domains. For example, it has been noted as a lack of responsiveness to medication for many psychological disorders and conditions, as well as a lack ...

Treatment resistance is an increasingly recognized and important barrier to the success of many medical interventions, and it occurs across almost all medical domains. For example, it has been noted as a lack of responsiveness to medication for many psychological disorders and conditions, as well as a lack of engagement and motivation in psychological and physical therapies and treatments. Research regarding the predictors, consequences, and remedies that can be developed to overcome this issue, is a growing and vital aspect of contemporary Psychology and Medicine.

The overall goal of the current Research Topic is to draw together, into one place, research studies and reviews concerning the key psychological and social aspects of treatment resistance, and the methods that could be used to help patients who present with this characteristic. This would include articles focused on the prediction of treatment resistance, the consequences of such resistance, and the potential methods by which psychological techniques and interventions can help to overcome such treatment barriers. It is hoped that a single source of such information may help to focus thinking and cross-fertilize ideas, to overcome a major challenge to contemporary medical interventions.

This Research Topic will include, but is not limited to, the following:

• Empirical studies
• Narrative and systematic reviews
• Psychological and social predictors of treatment resistance
• Consequences of treatment resistance
• Strategies to overcome treatment resistance and techniques to support patients


Keywords: treatment resistance, psychological predictors, psychological support, interventions, strategies


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13 June 2021 Manuscript
06 December 2021 Manuscript Extension

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13 June 2021 Manuscript
06 December 2021 Manuscript Extension

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