Evidence that our Chronic Pain Treatment Program Works

Las Vegas Recovery Center’s Inpatient Chronic Pain Recovery Treatment Program provides empirically proven benefits, with studies showing significant improvements in our clients’ self-reported levels of pain, and substantial increases in their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being post treatment.

2011 Pain Outcome Profile Summary

Following is a summary overview of our Pain Outcome Profiles for the year 2011 (for Pain Outcome Profiles for the first three Quarters of 2012 see the links provided at the bottom of this page). Client progress is measured by weekly administrations of the Pain Outcomes Profile (POP), a self-report questionnaire.

The POP contains seven scales:

  1. Current Pain
  2. Average Pain for Previous Week
  3. Mobility
  4. Activities of Daily Living (ADL)
  5. Vitality
  6. Negative Affect
  7. Fear

There are also two indices: The Physical and the Affective Index. The Physical Index is comprised of the average scores of the Mobility, Activities of Daily Living (ADL), and Vitality scales:

THE PHYSICAL INDEX—2011
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The Affective Index is comprised of the Negative Affect and Fear scales:

THE AFFECTIVE INDEX—2011
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Pain clients complete the POP once upon arrival and every Wednesday thereafter. For the purposes of data analysis, the POP’s completed at three different intervals—Admission, Mid-Program and just before Discharge—were analyzed:

PAIN SCORES — 2011
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As you can see in the graph above, pain scores decreased continuously throughout treatment. The mean decrease in Current Pain from Admission to Discharge was 2.482 (from roughly 5.5 out of 7 to 3 out of 7). The mean decrease in Average Pain from Admission to Discharge was 2.468 (from about 6 out of 7 to 3.5 out of 7).

PHYSICAL AND AFFECTIVE INDEXES — 2011
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The graph above shows the Physical and Affective Indices. We found that overall progress seen between the means is statistically significant for each of the scales that these indices represent. The mean decrease in percentage of total score for the Physical Index from Admission to Discharge was 17.933 percentage points. The mean decrease in percentage of total score for the Affective Index from Admission to Discharge was 18.133 percentage points.

The data collected from the POP’s show that client pain scores, physical ability, and affect continuously improved throughout our inpatient chronic pain recovery treatment program with the most significant improvements achieved during the first half of a client’s stay.

2014 Pain Outcome Profiles

2013 Pain Outcome Profiles

2012 Pain Outcome Profiles

Dr. Mel Pohl discussing Pain Scales and Pain Outcome Profiling:

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