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October 2001

Chronic Pain Evaluation: A Valid, Standardized Assessment Instrument

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Arch Neurol. 2001;58(10):1708-1709. doi:

by Karen S. Rucker, MD, 156 pp, $35, ISBN 0-75-067121-1, Boston, Mass, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2001.

This book constitutes a users manual for the Pain Assessment Instrument (PAI), a comprehensive group of questionnaires regarding multiple dimensions of chronic pain, with the goal of assisting clinicians in comprehensive disability assessment of chronic pain. Drawing on both a patient's self-report as well as physician-provided information, the PAI predicts the likelihood of patients with chronic pain returning to work. Rucker proposes it as a model for data collection and evaluation in Social Security disability income and Supplemental Security income evaluations. She suggests further that it could eventually provide a standardized database on various aspects of chronic pain, and might eventually be used to guide treatment and assess outcomes.

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