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Pain Coping Inventory (PCI)

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Pain Coping Inventory (PCI)


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The Pain Coping Inventory (PCI) is a 92-item self-report test that assesses the behavioral, cognitive, and psychological dimensions of chronic pain and takes some 20-30 minutes to complete. Developed by Bruce N. Eimer, Ph.D. (author of Pain Management Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide, 1998, John Wiley & Sons) and Lyle Allen III, M.A., of neurocognitive assessment specialists CogniSyst, Inc., the PCI can be ordered and administered separately or as part of the Pain Assessment Battery.

The PCI is a pain assessment tool appropriate for clinic or hospital-based evaluation, basic and applied research programs, epidemiological studies, and other situations requiring a brief, valid, and comprehensive tool. Its eighth grade reading level and brevity make the PCI ideal for clinical screening.

What the PCI Measures

The PCI provides 18 scales that are grouped into five major dimensions:

Physical and Temporal Qualities
  • Pain Severity
  • Pain Liability
  • Pain Continuity and Duration
Behavioral Interference
  • Muscle Bracing/Movement Phobia
  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Activity Interference/Avoidance
Psychological Maladjustment
  • Catastrophizing
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Hostility
  • Paranoia and Alienation
Psychological Coping
  • Perceived Self-Efficacy
  • Mental Conditioning
  • Positive Self-Talk
  • Psychological Motivation
  • Quality of Life
Health-Related Behavior
  • Chemical Independency
  • Diet and Exercise

The PCI also provides a series of summary scores to include:

  • Validity Indices
  • Global Impairment Index
  • Patient Alienation Index
  • Degree and Frequency of Distress Indices
  • Physical Severity and Behavioral Interference Indices
  • Psychological Maladjustment Severity and Nociceptive Indices
  • Positive Coping Indices


CogniSyst, Inc., Pain Coping Inventory and PCI are copyrights and marks solely owned by Bruce Eimer, PhD and CogniSyst, Inc.

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