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2019 Mar 01

Pain Manag



A revised psychosocial assessment model for implantable pain devices to improve their evidence basis and consensus with updated pain management guidelines.


Grinberg AM, D'Eon MS, Ellison JK, Rutledge T, Castellanos J, Chakravarthy KV
Pain Manag. 2019 Mar 01; 9(2):139-149.
PMID: 30681019.


Although psychosocial evaluations for implantable pain devices have been consensus recommendations since the 1990's, there is an inconsistent support regarding their ability to identify suitable pain device candidates or to predict clinical outcomes. With the emergence of evidence-based practices and the recent release of pain management guidelines emphasizing functional improvements and safety, the disparity between the recommendations for implantable pain device psychosocial evaluations and the evidence supporting them has only grown. In this special report, we describe a revised model for conducting psychosocial evaluations among implantable pain device candidates. This model includes changes to increase the evidence-basis of the psychosocial evaluations, incorporate patient-centered care standards and harmonize the evaluation structure with the most current pain management guidelines.