Using the Pain Catastrophizing Scale in Clinical Research and Practice

Dr. Michael Sullivan

Professor of Psychology, Medicine and Neurology, McGill University. Author of the Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS)

Tatiana Canard

Account Manager, Author Collaboration Unit, Mapi Research Trust

A webinar presented by Dr Sullivan, author of the Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS). Read more for webinar details and registration information.

About the webinar

This webinar will summarize what is currently known about the causes and consequences of pain catastrophizing. Particular emphasis will be placed on the importance of assessing pain catastrophizing in clinical trials of treatments for persistent pain conditions. The administration and interpretation of scores on the PCS will be presented. Information will be provided to guide the use of PCS scores in treatment planning for individuals with persistent pain conditions. The webinar will also describe how risk-targeted intervention techniques might be usefully incorporated within the structure of treatment approaches currently used to manage persistent pain and disability.

Who should attend?

Researchers and clinicians from a wide range of professional disciplines involved in the study or treatment of persistent pain and disability, including medicine, surgery, anesthesiology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, kinesiology, nursing, vocational counselling as well as mental health professions.

What you will learn

  • Recent research on the adverse impact of pain catastrophizing.
  • Administration and interpretation of scores on measures of catastrophic thinking such as the Pain Catastrophizing Scale and the Symptom Catastrophizing Scale.
  • Techniques designed to reduce pain catastrophizing in individuals with persistent pain conditions.