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Role of the Clinical Psychologist 

Role of the Clinical Psychologist
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Role of the Clinical Psychologist
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Rod Myerscough

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199349302.003.0017
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date: 18 October 2019

This chapter provides the specifics of the psychological consultation of a chronic pain patient in an acute care inpatient setting. An inpatient consultation is different from an outpatient psychological assessment in that the underlying assumptions, goals, and method for gathering information are directed at a different outcome. The inpatient consultation is limited by the time available to gather information and make an intervention as well as by the psychological availability of a patient in the midst of an acute medical or pain crisis. The manner in which the attending or consulting pain specialist introduces the assessment and its purpose to the patient will have a direct impact on the quality of the psychologist’s evaluation and intervention as well as on the manner in which it is conducted. The consultant can also provide explicit direction to the team about how to interact with patients who chronically violate customary provider–patient or hospital–patient boundaries so that treatment objectives may be advanced.

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