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These articles have been compiled from previous Bridging the Gap newsletter issues, journals and other sources to provide information about our tests uses and how biopsychosocial factors, in general, can have an impact on patient care. To locate articles for specific medical areas, choose one of the following areas or scroll down the page:

Bariatrics
Chronic Illness
Insurance Reimbursement
Outcomes
Pain Management
Presurgical Assessment - Bariatrics
Presurgical Assessment - Pain
Workers Compensation

 

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Bariatrics

The Proof is in the Graphs: How Bariatric Surgery Patients See Their Results in Places Other Than the Mirror

Psychologist Calls MBMD™ Test Key to Efficiency and Effectiveness (Fall 2006)

Behavioral Health Emerges as a Key Concern Among Bariatric Surgery Healthcare Professionals This article briefly summarizes common threads that ran through several presentations at the 2004 meeting of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery regarding the reasons for conducting psychosocial evaluations and for including objective testing among standard protocol for gathering data.

The MBMD™ Assessment: A Tool for Chronic Medical Populations The MBMD assessment provides information that helps healthcare providers develop treatment and management plans individualized to the needs of patients with chronic medical conditions requiring major lifestyle changes.

MBMD Test Helps People Navigate Through Life Transitions A Baltimore psychologist uses the information he gains through the MBMD test to help his clients learn how to make behavioral changes. The MBMD test is at the centerpiece of his testing protocol because the test includes specific scales related to health issues and coping styles. The test helps clients learn more about themselves so that they can better adapt to life changes.

Medical Psychology: Practical Support for Differing Medical Needs 25-year medical psychology veteran Robert L. Gant, PhD, FAPM, discusses how psychological assessments help him assess patients in three different groups: chronic pain patients, bariatric surgery candidates, and brain trauma patients who have entered litigation.

Nurses Report Psychological Testing Helps Them Provide Better Patient Care Three nurses who work in varied medical settings, report that the use of psychological assessments in their centers help to validate “gut feelings” with objective data, which in turn helps them frame patient expectations. The data is also used to alert medical staff when certain issues appear, and customize care to patient needs, which the nurses believe ultimately result in improved outcomes. 

Nursing Spectrum magazine article: "Beyond the Body Beautiful"

Psychologists Beneficial to Multispecialty Bariatric Surgery Center Since the Park Nicollet Clinic Bariatric Surgery Program added psychologists to its staff, patients are well-prepared for surgery and phone calls for help or reassurance have significantly decreased. The psychologists administer the MMPI-2™, MBMD and QOLI® (Quality of Life Inventory) tests to better understand each surgery candidate and what that person’s needs may be following surgery. The testing also helps to identify areas where the patient may benefit from additional treatments or education.

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Chronic Illness

Psychological Tests Serve as Practical Teaching Tools with Advanced Psychology Students

Measuring Both Sides of the Transplant Equation: Psychological Tests Help Evaluate Organ Recipients and Donors. As part of her many responsibilities, Rebecca Cogwell Anderson, PhD, conducts psychological evaluations of organ transplant candidates and potential donors. “We need to ensure that both the transplant recipient and the donor are stable psychiatrically, medically and socially before the surgery—and that they have adequate resources to support them post-operatively,” she says. Also visit our Transplant page.

Guidelines Promote Psychological Evaluation for Transplant Recipients and Donors. Several industry groups have issued guidelines to promote quality care for both transplant recipients and donors. The recommendations give increased recognition to the value of psychological evaluations and the important role of mental health professionals in meeting the needs of these patients. Also visit our Transplant page.

Sleep Psychology Offers Options to Address Insomnia According to practologists in the area of sleep medicine, psychologists can play an important role in helping to address this multifaceted condition.

Medically oriented psychological tests help improve care for breast surgery candidates

Chronic Pain and Biopsychosocial Disorders: The BHI™ 2 Approach to Classification and Assessment Daniel Bruns, PsyD and John Mark Disorbio, EdD detail how effective treatment requires that the clinician not only identify the biological, psychological and social aspects of a condition, but also understand how each component interacts.


Medical Psychologist’s Approach Merges Worlds of Medicine and Psychology (Winter 2006)

Targeted Testing Provides Strong Support to Medical Psychologists (Winter 2006)

MBMD Test Helps People Navigate Through Life Transitions A Baltimore psychologist uses the information he gains through the MBMD test to help his clients learn how to make behavioral changes. The MBMD test is at the centerpiece of his testing protocol because the test includes specific scales related to health issues and coping styles. The test helps clients learn more about themselves so that they can better adapt to life changes.

Medical Psychology: Practical Support for Differing Medical Needs 25-year medical psychology veteran Robert L. Gant, PhD, FAPM, discusses how psychological assessments help him assess patients in three different groups: chronic pain patients, bariatric surgery candidates, and brain trauma patients who have entered litigation.

Nurses Report Psychological Testing Helps Them Provide Better Patient Care Three nurses who work in varied medical settings, report that the use of psychological assessments in their centers help to validate “gut feelings” with objective data, which in turn helps them frame patient expectations. The data is also used to alert medical staff when certain issues appear, and customize care to patient needs, which the nurses believe ultimately result in improved outcomes.

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Insurance Reimbursement

New CPT® Codes for Psychological Testing (Winter 2006)


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Outcomes

A Recent Revolution: An Evidence-based Model for Assessing a Patient’s Mind and Body Before Treatment

Research Assesses the Risk Factors for Surgical Outcomes

Psychology and Medicine: Working Together to Unlock the Puzzle (Winter 2006)

Targeted Testing Provides Strong Support to Medical Psychologists (Winter 2006)

BBHI 2 Test Helps Psychologists Improve Outcomes in Work Hardening Program The work hardening program at Aurora Rehabilitation Centers, Milwaukee, takes an interdisciplinary approach. A psychologist is involved with every patient right from the onset and throughout the treatment process. Aurora psychologists administer the BBHI 2 assessment to every client at intake.

Expanding the Horizon for Chronic Pain Patients: Advanced Spinal Cord Stimulator Technology Offers New Hope Advanced Bionics Corporation, developer of an advanced spinal cord stimulator, launched a benchmark study to determine the efficacy of the device in relieving primary or secondary low back pain. The study designers selected the BHI 2 and BBHI 2 assessments for measuring outcomes. Some pain practitioners involved in the study found the tests so beneficial, they administer them to many of their other chronic pain patients.

P-3 Test Helps Neurological Clinic Improve Patient Outcomes Every patient who presents with a pain issue to the Neurological Clinic in Wisconsin and who the doctors are considering for an interventional procedure, is given a standard packet of assessments, including the P-3 test. The clinicians especially appreciate the somatization scale on the P-3 test and its norms on pain patients as well as on a community sample. A clinic neurosurgeon said, “If you take the time to thoroughly evaluate the patient with appropriate psychological assessments and address problem areas before proceeding with surgery, you will have better outcomes.”

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Pain Management

A Recent Revolution: An Evidence-based Model for Assessing a Patient’s Mind and Body Before Treatment

Research Assesses the Risk Factors for Surgical Outcomes

BHI™ 2 Test Brings Quicker Relief to Chronic Pain Patients People who have chronic pain want one thing—relief. And the sooner they get it, the better. So when a doctor has an opportunity to cut up to three months off the time a patient has to wait to get treatment, he jumps at the chance. The reason for the shorter time frame? The BHI 2 (Battery for Health Improvement) test.

Moving Complex Workers' Compensation Cases Toward Resolution: psychosocial assessments support psychologist-physician approach Physiatrist and pain medicine specialist Steven Feinberg, MD, focuses exclusively on evaluating and treating complex workers’ compensation cases.

Chronic Pain and Biopsychosocial Disorders: The BHI™ 2 Approach to Classification and Assessment Daniel Bruns, PsyD and John Mark Disorbio, EdD detail how effective treatment requires that the clinician not only identify the biological, psychological and social aspects of a condition, but also understand how each component interacts.


Pain management practitioner recommends P-3® test to psychologists and medical professionals Dr. Vera Gonzales, PhD, shares her insights as a health psychologist in the pain management arena and how she uses the P-3 assessment to evaluate patients for depression, somatization, and anxiety.

P-3® Test Fills Need in Clinic’s Approach to Patient Care (Fall 2006)

A Rural Practice Helps Fill the Need for Multidisciplinary Care of Chronic Pain Patients (Fall 2006)

Chronic Pain Sufferer Completes Cross Country Walk to Raise Awareness (Fall 2006)

Assessment and Treatment of Chronic Pain: A Physician's Guide Practical Pain Management article by Daniel Bruns, PsyD, John Mark Disorbio, EdD and Giancarlo Barolat, MD. The purpose of this article is to focus on the psychological and social dimensions of chronic pain and offer suggestions as to how these two dimensions can be combined with the medical dimension to improve care.

Psychology and Medicine: Working Together to Unlock the Puzzle (Winter 2006)

BBHI 2 Test Helps Psychologists Improve Outcomes in Work Hardening Program The work hardening program at Aurora Rehabilitation Centers, Milwaukee, takes an interdisciplinary approach. A psychologist is involved with every patient right from the onset and throughout the treatment process. Aurora psychologists administer the BBHI 2 assessment to every client at intake.

This article presents the program at Aurora and the benefits Aurora psychologists have found from using the BBHI 2 assessment.

Clinic Addresses Pressing Need for Multidisciplinary Pain Management Services A health psychologist administers the BBHI 2 test to every patient during the initial visit at the pain treatment center where he works. He uses the test results to assess to what degree the behavioral medicine specialists should be involved in the patients’ care. If there are significant subscale elevations, he will administer the BHI 2 test as part of a more extensive evaluation. The clinicians have found that the BHI 2 test’s Symptom Dependency Scale helps predict whether or not the patient is going to respond to treatment.

Expanding the Horizon for Chronic Pain Patients: Advanced Spinal Cord Stimulator Technology Offers New Hope Advanced Bionics Corporation, developer of an advanced spinal cord stimulator, launched a benchmark study to determine the efficacy of the device in relieving primary or secondary low back pain. The study designers selected the BHI 2 and BBHI 2 assessments for measuring outcomes. Some pain practitioners involved in the study found the tests so beneficial, they administer them to many of their other chronic pain patients.

Information Is Power: Practitioners Present Evidence Based Results to Promote Use of Psychological Assessments With WC Patients Patrick Waring, MD administers the BBHI 2 to all his Workers Comp patients. He says the test “helps provide objective information on a number of issues that are particularly relevant in the diagnosis and treatment of WC patients, such as perceived disability, pain fixation, satisfaction with the treating physician, and compensation focus.”

MBMD™ Test: The Preferred Choice for Health Psychologist Denver Health Psychologist Ron Carbaugh, PsyD, administers the MBMD (Millon Behavioral Medicine Diagnostic) test to all his chronic pain patients to help determine if further psychological treatment is recommended, to learn how the medical problem affects the patient’s functioning, and to learn about the patient’s personality style. Carbaugh uses the MBMD data to help determine how the patients will likely respond to their doctors and how they will cope. He also uses the data to prepare the doctor for the patient’s personality type and likely behavior, and to help advise the physician on patient management.

Nurses Report Psychological Testing Helps Them Provide Better Patient Care Three nurses who work in varied medical settings, report that the use of psychological assessments in their centers help to validate “gut feelings” with objective data, which in turn helps them frame patient expectations. The data is also used to alert medical staff when certain issues appear, and customize care to patient needs, which the nurses believe ultimately result in improved outcomes.

Physicians and Psychologist Team Up on Pain Management - case study A case study illustrates the benefits a psychologist, C. David Tollison, PhD, brought to the chronic pain management medical practice of Eugene Mironer, MD.

Psychologists in a Pain Clinic: Should We Be Psyched About It? Written for physicians considering partnering with a psychologist, this article details benefits of a multi-disciplinary approach and the qualifications to look for.

Targeted Testing Provides Strong Support to Medical Psychologists

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Presurgical Assessment - Bariatrics

A Consistent, Objective Approach to Psychological Evaluation

Psychological Tests Serve as Practical Teaching Tools with Advanced Psychology Students

Psychologist Calls MBMD™ Test Key to Efficiency and Effectiveness (Fall 2006)

Behavioral Health Emerges as a Key Concern Among Bariatric Surgery Healthcare Professionals This article briefly summarizes common threads that ran through several presentations at the 2004 meeting of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery regarding the reasons for conducting psychosocial evaluations and for including objective testing among standard protocol for gathering data.

Nurses Report Psychological Testing Helps Them Provide Better Patient Care Three nurses who work in varied medical settings, report that the use of psychological assessments in their centers help to validate “gut feelings” with objective data, which in turn helps them frame patient expectations. The data is also used to alert medical staff when certain issues appear, and customize care to patient needs, which the nurses believe ultimately result in improved outcomes.

Nursing Spectrum magazine article: "Beyond the Body Beautiful"

Psychologists Beneficial to Multispecialty Bariatric Surgery Center Since the Park Nicollet Clinic Bariatric Surgery Program added psychologists to its staff, patients are well-prepared for surgery and phone calls for help or reassurance have significantly decreased. The psychologists administer the MMPI-2™, MBMD and QOLI® (Quality of Life Inventory) tests to better understand each surgery candidate and what that person’s needs may be following surgery. The testing also helps to identify areas where the patient may benefit from additional treatments or education.
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Presurgical Assessment - Pain

A Recent Revolution: An Evidence-based Model for Assessing a Patient’s Mind and Body Before Treatment

Research Assesses the Risk Factors for Surgical Outcomes

A Consistent, Objective Approach to Psychological Evaluation

BHI™ 2 Test Brings Quicker Relief to Chronic Pain Patients People who have chronic pain want one thing—relief. And the sooner they get it, the better. So when a doctor has an opportunity to cut up to three months off the time a patient has to wait to get treatment, he jumps at the chance. The reason for the shorter time frame? The BHI 2 (Battery for Health Improvement) test.

Assessment and Treatment of Chronic Pain: A Physician's Guide Practical Pain Management article by Daniel Bruns, PsyD, John Mark Disorbio, EdD and Giancarlo Barolat, MD. The purpose of this article is to focus on the psychological and social dimensions of chronic pain and offer suggestions as to how these two dimensions can be combined with the medical dimension to improve care.

Clinic Addresses Pressing Need for Multidisciplinary Pain Management Services A health psychologist administers the BBHI 2 test to every patient during the initial visit at the pain treatment center where he works. He uses the test results to assess to what degree the behavioral medicine specialists should be involved in the patients’ care. If there are significant subscale elevations, he will administer the BHI 2 test as part of a more extensive evaluation. The clinicians have found that the BHI 2 test’s Symptom Dependency Scale helps predict whether or not the patient is going to respond to treatment.

Disability Medicine article: "Pre-surgical Psychological Screening in Spinal Cord Stimulator Implants: Use of BHI Test"

Expanding the Horizon for Chronic Pain Patients: Advanced Spinal Cord Stimulator Technology Offers New Hope Advanced Bionics Corporation, developer of an advanced spinal cord stimulator, launched a benchmark study to determine the efficacy of the device in relieving primary or secondary low back pain. The study designers selected the BHI 2 and BBHI 2 assessments for measuring outcomes. Some pain practitioners involved in the study found the tests so beneficial, they administer them to many of their other chronic pain patients.

MBMD Test: The Preferred Choice for Health Psychologist Denver Health Psychologist Ron Carbaugh, PsyD, administers the MBMD (Millon Behavioral Medicine Diagnostic) test to all his chronic pain patients to help determine if further psychological treatment is recommended, to learn how the medical problem affects the patient’s functioning, and to learn about the patient’s personality style. Carbaugh uses the MBMD data to help determine how the patients will likely respond to their doctors and how they will cope. He also uses the data to prepare the doctor for the patient’s personality type and likely behavior, and to help advise the physician on patient management.

Medical Psychology: Practical Support for Differing Medical Needs 25-year medical psychology veteran Robert L. Gant, PhD, FAPM, discusses how psychological assessments help him assess patients in three different groups: chronic pain patients, bariatric surgery candidates, and brain trauma patients who have entered litigation. 

 

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Workers Compensation

A Consistent, Objective Approach to Psychological Evaluation

Physicians and Insurers Increasingly Recognize Value of Biopsychosocial Assessment with Injured Workers

Moving Complex Workers' Compensation Cases Toward Resolution: psychosocial assessments support psychologist-physician approach Physiatrist and pain medicine specialist Steven Feinberg, MD, focuses exclusively on evaluating and treating complex workers’ compensation cases.

Evidence-Based Guidelines Help Create a Solid Foundation for Practice Decisions in Occupational Medicine The Medical Director of the Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation, Kathryn Mueller, MD, MPH, served on a taskforce to develop evidence-based workers’ compensation practice guidelines. The taskforce enlisted the assistance of epidemiologist Edward Whitney, MD, MSPH. In this article, Mueller and Whitney discuss the process they used in developing the guidelines and how the guidelines can improve care to workers.

Information Is Power: Practitioners Present Evidence Based Results to Promote Use of Psychological Assessments With WC Patients Patrick Waring, MD administers the BBHI 2 to all his Workers Comp patients. He says the test “helps provide objective information on a number of issues that are particularly relevant in the diagnosis and treatment of WC patients, such as perceived disability, pain fixation, satisfaction with the treating physician, and compensation focus.”

MBMD Test: The Preferred Choice for Health Psychologist Denver Health Psychologist Ron Carbaugh, PsyD, administers the MBMD (Millon Behavioral Medicine Diagnostic) test to all his chronic pain patients to help determine if further psychological treatment is recommended, to learn how the medical problem affects the patient’s functioning, and to learn about the patient’s personality style. Carbaugh uses the MBMD data to help determine how the patients will likely respond to their doctors and how they will cope. He also uses the data to prepare the doctor for the patient’s personality type and likely behavior, and to help advise the physician on patient management.

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