Information and testing services for chronic pain and TMJ

The Chronic Pain Battery (CPB)™    


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      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, and makes appropriate recommendations.

       Functions of the CPB:                           
      •  Collects a comprehensive present and past pain history, including precipitating factors
      •   Uses a variety of rating scales to measure pain frequency, intensity, tolerance and character
      •   Collects a medical and medication history
      •   Collects data on cognitive, behavioral, psychological (depression, anxiety, somatization, stress and psychological   

              dysfunction), social-interpersonal, and support system functioning
      •   Patient Problem Ratings both before pain onset and presently
      •   Assesses patient attitudes regarding pain, locus of control, pain coping style, hopefulness, goals and expectations of 

              treatment, and interpersonal relationships including those with healthcare providers
      •   Assesses prior pain models, illness-behavior reinforcement, medication use, litigation and compensation issues and activity 

      •   Cross checks and validates accuracy of reporting and screens for bias 
      •   Analyzes, interprets and integrates the findings into a clearly written Clinical Report, The CPB Report™, complete with

             recommendations regarding further assessment and pain management.
      •   Produces a highly clinically useful, comprehensive, bio-psycho-social-behavioral assessment of the chronic pain patient that

             can assist the pain practitioner in better understanding the clinical picture and in effective decision making.
     Advantages The CPB 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.

     How does it achieve 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.  Often used as part of the Initial Evaluation Protocol, especially in complex cases, when a comprehensive assessment is needed and when a guide to evaluation and management is desirable.  Ideal for Disability (requested by Administrative Law Judges), Worker’s Compensation and consultative evaluations involving chronic pain. 

     Administration:  Paper and Pencil with subsequent data entry by medical office staff 

  Medical office downloads and prints CPB Question Booklet and Answer Sheet, making copies as needed. 

  Patient can complete Answer Sheet at home and return it to office. 

  Office staff logs in at , enters patient's answers and immediately receives CPB Report.


     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

Essential Facts:

Used with: 18 years and older 
Reading Level: 8th grade
Time for Completion: 1 hour+ 
Administration:  Paper-and-Pencil followed by office data entry

Report Format:    •  Validity Statement-report confidence, 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

Scoring Method:  On-Line 

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 
          -Psychological Dysfunction
         -Thought Disorder
    •  Support System and Interpersonal Relationships 
          -Relationship with Health Providers
    •  Behavioral – Learning Factors 
          -Prior Models
          -Illness Behavior Reinforcement
    •  Patient Expectations and Goals
    •  Patient Problem Ratings


Special Features: 
    •  A time-saving self-reporting instrument producing key recommendations for further assessment and management.
    •  Helps collect and organize the extensive information necessary to properly evaluate complex pain  problems

    • Facilitates treatment and management decisions with specific recommendations.
    • Extensive past and present pain history, including precipitating factors; pain intensity, tolerance and suffering ratings; pain description; progression and response to treatments.

    • Evaluates many critical areas including cognitive, attitudinal, behavioral, emotional, social-interpersonal and support system functioning.
    •  Combines extensive patient history, present 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. 

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