Prediction of long-term outcome of multidisciplinary pain treatment

Thomas P. Guck, Philip W. Meilman, F. Miles Skultety, E. Thomas Dowd

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Seventy-seven patients treated in a multidisciplinary pain program were assessed for treatment outcome according to Roberts' and Reinhardt's criteria, at a one to five-year follow-up. By these criteria, 47% were successes and 53% were not. Fourteen commonly collected demographic variables were then used in a discriminant analysis procedure to predict membership in the successful and unsuccessful groups. Age, compensation, education level, use of psychotropic medications, and number of pain surgeries formed a parsimonious set of predictor variables that correctly categorized more than 70% of the subjects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-296
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1986
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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