Fifty-six chronic pain patients were personally interviewed 18 months to 10 years after treatment in a multidisciplinary pain program. Compared to pretreatment data, there were significant decreases in medication use, hospitalizations, surgeries, pain levels, litigation, and compensation. Significantly more patients were employed at follow-up. Patients rated their disability, activity level, and ability to meet social and recreational needs as improved, even though adherence to the treatment program following discharge was poor. Only 25% of the subjects still consulted physicians for their pain problems. Multivariate analysis of admission MMPI scores indicated no significant differences between the successfully and unsuccessfully treated groups.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Neurology
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine