Chronic Pain Battery™ (CPB)

What is it? A self-administered, multi-dimensional assessment and management tool for chronic pain evaluation and treatment.

Who uses it? The CPB was developed for physicians, dentists, psychologists, and specialists in chronic pain evaluation and treatment.  Since 1982 it has been employed in pain centers across the U.S. including numerous university and private pain 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 using the widely recognized SCL-90.  It examines the many subtle issues necessary for successful treatment and management, and makes appropriate recommendations.  It save valuable clinical time by collecting, analyzing and integrating the vast amount of relevant information necessary for a thorough evaluation of the chronic pain patient.

How does it achieve such high accuracy, reliability and clinical relevance? 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 patient bias, and include 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 pain problems such as headache, facial and TM 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

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Essential Facts:
Used with: 18 years and olderReading Level: 8th grade

Time for Completion: 1 hour

Administration: Paper-and-Pencil

Report Format:
  • Validity Statement-level of report confidence, overall level of symptom and psychological distress effecting test taking stance
  • Summary – a brief interpreted overview of the results
  • Review of Recommendations from the report
  • Narrative interpretive – detailed description of results and recommendations
  • Problem Ratings– before pain presence and presently
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Categories Reported:
  • Test validity and patient reporting style
  • Summary of Results and Recommendations Review
  • Demographic and Social History
  • Past and Present Pain History
  • Pain Description and Intensity Ratings
  • Pain Treatment History
  • Medication and Drug History
  • Medical History
  • Personality-Pain Coping Style
  • Patient Goals
  • Psychosocial Factors
    • Stress
    • Psychological Dysfunction
    • Depression
    • Somatization
    • Anxiety
    • Thought Disorder
  • Support System and Interpersonal Relationships
    • Relationship with Health Providers
  • Behavioral – Learning Factors
    • Prior Models
    • Litigation-Compensation
    • Illness Behavior Reinforcement
    • Activity
  • Patient Expectations and Goals
  • Patient Problem Ratings
Special Features:  An extremely comprehensive, multi-dimensional 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.
  • A time saving self-reporting instrument with multiple choice and true/false questions.

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