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American Society for Action on Pain

UI - 000055

AU - Doleys DM

AU - Dolce JJ

AU - Doleys AL

AU - Crocker M

AU - Wolfe SE

TI - Evaluation, narcotics and behavioral treatment influences on pain ratings in chronic pain


AB - Changes in self-reported pain ratings were assessed in 95 chronic pain patients from data collected at

three times: pretreatment evaluation, initial days of treatment and final days of treatment. These data were

collected separately for regular, sporadic and nonusers of narcotic medication. Each patient completed a

four-week interdisciplinary behaviorally based noninvasive treatment program. There was an average

decrease of 7% in self-reported pain ratings between evaluation and the onset of treatment for the three

groups. An additional decrease of 21%, 16% and 10% for the sporadic, nonusers and regular users of

narcotics respectively was noted during treatment. Statistical analysis revealed a significant decrease in pain

ratings across assessment phases but not between groups. Sporadic users of narcotics showed a pattern

more similar to nonusers than to the regular users

SO - Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 1986;67:456-458