Objectives Of Psychological Evaluations

MindBody Matrix Pain Cream

Permanent End To Chronic Pain

Get Instant Access

The objectives of the psychological evaluation of the patient with chronic pain are not to determine whether the patient's pain is real or imagined (all pain is "real'') but rather:

• to determine the degree of psychological adaptation to chronic pain which includes mood state, coping skills, effect on family, and particularly level of physical functioning;

• to evaluate the patient's premorbid psychological state and personality factors and its effect on onset and etiology of pain;

• to establish the role of psychological factors in the etiology, maintenance, and exacerbation of pain;

• to formulate a DSM-IV diagnosis;

• to devise a treatment plan in conjunction with the patient and the rest of the multidisciplinary team;

• to predict outcome of invasive medical procedures, such as surgical implantation of spinal cord stimulators or continuous infusion pumps;

• to determine which psychological and medical interventions would be most appropriate for which patients;

• to identify environmental reinforcers of chronic pain and illness behaviors, such as family, litigation status, and disability insurance status;

• to evaluate the likelihood of the development of chronic pain-related disability.

Was this article helpful?

0 0
Peace in Pain

Peace in Pain

Free Your Mind And Achieve Peace. Discover How To Live In Peace And Harmony In A World Full Of Uncertainty And Dramatically Improve Your Quality Of Life Today. Finally You Can Fully Equip Yourself With These “Must Have” Tools For Achieving Peace And Calmness And Live A Life Of Comfort That You Deserve.

Get My Free Ebook

Post a comment