The first section of this course will provide an overview of a definition of pain, different classification systems for pain, as well as outdated and current theories of pain. In addition, the section will discuss various factors that can influence a patient’s perception of pain and overall level of suffering. The second part of this course will review a model for the biopsychosocial assessment of the chronic pain patient.
Understand Chapter 18 of the AMA Guides with a discussion of identifying and rating pain impairment
An overview of the purpose of the medical treatment utilization schedule (MTUS) specifically relating to chronic pain. Explore 10 recommended treatments for chronic pain and explain the biomedical versus biopsychosocial models of pain.
The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Fifth Edition is the standard for rating impairment. This resource is designed to simplify use of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment and improve the accuracy of ratings. There is no easy way to learn the AMA Guides but this is an approach at perhaps making it a little simpler.
Currently, the Global Assessment of Functional Scale (GAF) is the most widely used method for assessing impairment among patients with psychiatric disorders. among patients with psychiatric disorders (Moos et.al. 2002). The GAF was introduced as a new rating scale of overall psychiatric disturbance as Axis V in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.