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Behavioral Assessment of the Spine Patient 

Behavioral Assessment of the Spine Patient
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Behavioral Assessment of the Spine Patient
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Brent Van Dorsten

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10.1093/med/9780199350940.003.0003
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date: 22 August 2019

Behavioral health considerations are key to the evaluation of patients who are suffering from chronic pain or who are under consideration for surgical intervention. Psychosocial factors typically have a tremendous impact on the likelihood of treatment success. Concomitant mood disturbances often exist in the setting of chronic pain and may affect the outcomes of surgical and spinal procedures. Behavioral health assessments may identify factors that should be addressed prior to interventional treatment. Often physicians do not adequately address patients’ expectations. Behavioral health consultations may offer the opportunity to set appropriate patient goals and to assist in the development of coping strategies.

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