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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 678169, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/678169
Review Article

Psychoeducation Program on Strategies for Coping with Stress in Patients with Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction

1Department of Medical Psychology, Chair of Psychiatry, Jagiellonian University, Medical Collage, 21a Kopernika Street, 31-501 Krakow, Poland
2Department of Dental Prosthetics, Consulting Room of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, Jagiellonian University, Medical Collage, 4 Montelupich Street, 31-155 Krakow, Poland

Received 26 April 2014; Accepted 10 June 2014; Published 13 August 2014

Academic Editor: Anna Paradowska-Stolarz

Copyright © 2014 Joanna Biegańska and M. Pihut. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Lack of educational projects in the available literature was an inspiration to develop a psychoeducational program. The objective was to provide patients with basic information on the contribution of stressors in the occurrence of temporomandibular joint dysfunction and educate on methods for coping with stress most commonly used in psychology. In the course of three meetings, patients are familiarised with the issue of experienced stress as a potential source of psychosomatic illnesses (in particular, temporomandibular joint dysfunction). Preliminary patients’ opinions, expressed through self-report methods, indicate significant usefulness of the developed psychoeducational program for the process of treatment and the quality of patients’ lives.