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Chronic Pain Coping Inventory

Mark P. Jensen, PhD, Judith A. Turner, PhD, Joan M. Romano, PhD, and Warren R. Nielson, PhD

Assesses patients' pain coping strategies
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect, E-Manual
Age range:
20 years to 80 years
10–15 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree, certificate, or license to practice in a health care profession or occupation, including (but not limited to) the following: medicine, neurology, nursing, occupational therapy and other allied health care professions, physician's assistants, psychiatry, social work; plus appropriate training and experience in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical behavioral assessment instruments. Certain health care providers may be eligible to purchase selected "B" and "C" level instruments within their area of expertise. Specifically, relevant supervised clinical experience using tests (i.e., internship, residency, etc.) in combination with formal coursework ( i.e., Tests and Measurement, Individual Assessment, or equivalent) qualifies a health care provider to purchase certain restricted products. Any PAR Customer already qualified to purchase a "B" or "C" level product, is also qualified to purchase an "S" level product. If you are not already qualified to purchase a "B"or "C" level product from PAR, please download and complete the special Qualification Form for Medical and Allied Health Professionals. (You will need Adobe Acrobat to view.) Close

Designed to assess the use of coping strategies that are typically targeted for change in multidisciplinary pain treatment programs, the CPCI can be used as a treatment outcome measure, as a screening measure, and to document the necessity of treatment.

Assesses the use of coping strategies that contribute to patients’ pain adjustments

  • Requires the individual to indicate the number of days during the past week he or she used each of 70 coping strategies to deal with pain.
  • Illness-Focused Coping scales consist of Guarding, Resting, and Asking for Assistance; Wellness-Focused Coping scales consist of Exercise/Stretch, Relaxation, Task Persistence, Coping Self-Statements, Pacing, and Seeking Social Support.
  • Can be used pretreatment and posttreatment to determine treatment effectiveness, as a pretreatment screener to determine treatment necessity, and during periodic reevaluations to document treatment progress.

Score, interpret results, and track changes with ease

  • Norms are based on a sample of 527 patients with chronic pain.
  • Reliable change scores help you determine the meaning of differences between scores obtained on two different testing occasions (e.g., pretreatment vs. posttreatment).
  • The Profile Form includes a skyline for clinically elevated scores and treatment goals.
  • Validity is discussed in terms of evidence based on intercorrelations among the scales, factor analysis, correlational analyses examining the relationships between 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.