by Mark P. Jensen, PhD, Judith A. Turner, PhD, Joan M. Romano, PhD, and Warren R. Nielson, PhD
The CPCI assesses pain coping strategies that have been identified as contributors to the adjustments a patient makes to chronic pain. The CPCI can be used in a variety of testing situations, including:
- pretreatment screening to determine treatment necessity;
- pretreatment and posttreatment to determine treatment effectiveness; and
- periodic reevaluations to document treatment progress.
Illness-Focused Coping Domain
- Guarding Scale--Assesses the extent to which a patient reports restricting the use/movement of a body part as a way of coping with pain.
- Resting Scale--Assesses the extent to which a patient uses pain-contingent rest (e.g., lying down) as a way to cope with pain.
- Asking for Assistance Scale--Assesses the frequency with which a patient asks someone (e.g., a family member) for help with a chore when he/she is in pain.
Wellness-Focused Coping Domain
- Exercise/Stretch Scale--Assesses how many days per week a patient stretches various muscle groups, engages in various muscle strengthening exercises, and engages in aerobic exercise for at least 15 minutes.
- Relaxation Scale--Assesses the frequency with which a patient uses strategies (e.g., imagery, listening to music, meditation, self-hypnosis) to experience relaxation.
- Task Persistence Scale--Assesses the extent to which a patient continues normal activity despite his/her pain.
- Coping Self-Statements Scale--Assesses the frequency with which a patient purposefully uses adaptive cognitions when he/she experiences pain.
- Pacing Scale--Assesses the extent to which a patient is able to conduct activities in a paced, steady manner that is not contingent on pain.
- Seeking Social Support Scale--Assesses the frequency with which a patient seeks out a friend/loved one for companionship and support when in pain.
Features of the CPCI
- Standardised on a sample of 527 chronic pain patients.
- T scores and percentiles are included for calculating scores.
- Reliable Change scores are included to assist in determining if there are differences between scores obtained on two different testing occasions (e.g., pretreatment vs. posttreatment).
- Interpretive guidelines and case examples are included.
- Profile Form includes a skyline for clinically elevated scores and treatment goals.
Reliability and Validity
- Median internal consistency for the nine CPCI scales ranges from .70 to .94 for the four subsamples of chronic pain patients that compose the standardization sample.
- Corrected correlations for the test-retest stability of the CPCI scales range from .55 to .84.
- The validity of the CPCI is discussed in terms of evidence based on intercorrelations among the CPCI scales, factor analysis of the CPCI, correlational analyses examining the relationships between the CPCI scores and scores on related measures (i.e., coping, mental health/psychological functioning, physical dysfunction/disability, stages of change, pain attitudes/beliefs), and the use of the CPCI as a measure of treatment outcome