Behavioral Assessment of the Spine Patient

Brent Van Dorsten

in The Spine Handbook

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print May 2018 | ISBN: 9780199350940
Published online June 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780199390793 | DOI:
Behavioral Assessment of the Spine Patient

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Behavioral health considerations are key to the evaluation of patients who are suffering from chronic pain or who are under consideration for surgical intervention. Psychosocial factors typically have a tremendous impact on the likelihood of treatment success. Concomitant mood disturbances often exist in the setting of chronic pain and may affect the outcomes of surgical and spinal procedures. Behavioral health assessments may identify factors that should be addressed prior to interventional treatment. Often physicians do not adequately address patients’ expectations. Behavioral health consultations may offer the opportunity to set appropriate patient goals and to assist in the development of coping strategies.

Chapter.  10595 words. 

Subjects: Pain Medicine ; Rehabilitation Medicine ; Spinal Surgery

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