Psychological Considerations in Treating Chronic Pain

Psychological Considerations in Assessment and Treatment of Patients with Chronic Pain

Accredited for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™


Anne Mary Montero, PhD, HSPP
Medical Director of Psychology
IU Health North Hospital, and
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Indiana University

About the speaker:

Dr. Montero is board certified as a health service provider in psychology and specializes in medical psychology (treatment of symptoms that affect both medical and mental health) at IU Health.  Dr. Montero works with physicians in various specialties to identify and treat these issues and to improve patient coping, functioning and quality of life.  Dr. Montero holds degrees from Notre Dame and Wisconsin-Milwaukee universities and was trained in anxiety and cognitive-behavioral therapy by national leaders from Boston and Harvard universities.

Program description:

Navigating the clinical care of patients with chronic pain is multifaceted and requires balancing patients' needs with safety and legal/ethical considerations. A critical component in medical decision-making is the psychological evaluation of patients.

Chronic pain is most simply assessed using a one-dimensional scale, such as the visual analog scale (VAS), numeric rating scale (NRS) or verbal descriptor scale (VDS). These scales are self-rated and give a snapshot of the intensity of a patient's pain. However, chronic pain is highly complex. Multiple factors affect what a patient experiences with his or her pain, and one-dimensional measures may over-simplify the assessment.


At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify factors increasing the complexity of managing patients with chronic pain.
  • Comprehend components of psychological assessment that help providers manage risk, and understand how these are relevant to treatment of advanced pain.
  • Outline areas for future study related to interdisciplinary management of chronic pain.


CME Information

Designation Statement: The Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) designates this live webinar for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Statement: The Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Note: While offering the CME credit hours listed in these pages, these activities are not intended to provide extensive training in a field.

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