What is Pain/Psychological Evaluation
The current scientific literature indicates that individuals with pain may experience a range of psychological problems, which have important implications for treatment adherence and return to previous level of functioning. Therefore, the psychological pain evaluation is designed to objectively assess the common cognitive, psychological, emotional, and physical complaints of persons with pain and pain-related disability.
The evaluation begins with clinical interview followed by the administration of standardized psychological tests and procedures. Unlike many psychological assessments of patients with pain that tend to focus on emotional function alone, this battery allows a comprehensive assessment of an individual’s functional status that can lead to detailed recommendations regarding the management of their pain and pain-related disability.