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Chronic Pain Assessment and Management Tool for Clinicians

Posted Oct 01 2008 3:29pm
 

The Chronic Pain Battery™

What is it?   A computer scored, paper and pencil, multi-dimensional assessment and management tool for use by clinicians who evaluate and treat patients with chronic or recurrent non-malignant pain. 

Who uses it?   The CPB was developed for physicians, dentists, psychologists, and specialists in chronic pain evaluation and treatment.  Since 1984 it has been employed in university and private pain centers and clinics, hospitals, schools of medicine and dentistry, mental health and rehabilitation centers, industry and private practices.  Clinicians frequently use it for consultative, worker’s compensation and disability evaluations.  

What does it do?  The CPB takes a comprehensive pain history and performs a medical, psychological, behavioral and social assessment, including a psychological screening.  It examines the many subtle issues necessary for successful treatment and management.  It saves valuable clinical time by collecting, analyzing and integrating the vast amount of relevant information necessary for a thorough evaluation of the chronic pain patient.

Date Collection Methods. Highly diverse data collection and measurement techniques are combined with a logic system built into the scoring program that mimics how a highly trained pain specialist would behave in a similar situation. The information collected, the manner in which it is analyzed, integrated and used, and the diagnostic impressions, formulations and recommendations to act are all designed to exemplify the actions of a well trained clinician. Data collection methods and analysis are designed to detect and minimize inaccuracies through frequent cross-checking for internal consistency, random, confused or non-responding.

When to use it?  For evaluation of outpatients and inpatients having chronic or recurrent non-malignant pain problems including headache syndromes, facial and TMJ disorder pain, back or extremity pain whether or not a physical cause has been identified.  Often used as part of the initial evaluation of a patient with chronic pain.  Useful when a comprehensive assessment is needed and when a guide to evaluation and management is desirable, especially in complex cases.  Ideal for disability, worker’s compensation and consultative evaluations involving chronic pain. 

Testimonial:  “I began using the Chronic Pain Battery over 20 years ago. This instrument is an invaluable tool for both diagnostic impressions and treatment plan development. My clients are looking for ways to assist in their recovery and the CPB gives them concrete steps in the recommendation section.”
   --Dr. S.A. Edwards Recovery Counselling, Inc Fort Mojave, AZ  

Special Features:

  • An extremely comprehensive, multi-dimensional, bio-psycho-social-behavioral assessment and analysis of the chronic pain patient
  • Provides both an overview of a patient’s clinical status in all relevant areas in addition to a highly detailed analysis of their symptoms and level of function
  • Produces key recommendations for further assessment and management
  • Helps the clinician collect and organize the extensive amount of information necessary to properly evaluate complex pain problems and facilitates treatment and management decisions with specific recommendations. 
  • Combines extensive patient history, relevant immediate information about perception, belief and function with psychological screening data to produce a clear, well rounded and clinically meaningful analysis.
  • Produces a fully interpreted and clearly written narrative report ready to read and apply.

Clinicians can obtain more information and evaluate the CPB by emailing Pain Resource Center, Inc. at painres@tmjscale.com

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