Psychology Colloquium Addresses Psychological Evaluations and Spinal Cord Treatment Outcomes

Posted on 2/6/2015 1:41:27 PM

Ervin Davis, unit chief of the Behavioral Sciences Section and clinical assistant professor at the School of Dental Medicine, East Carolina University, will present “Prediction of spinal cord stimulator trial outcomes and implants for patients with chronic low back pain from baseline psychological evaluations” on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. in Uhler Hall, Room 114. 

Psychological evaluations of patients with chronic low back pain prior to consideration of spinal cord stimulator (SCS) trials and permanent surgical implants may predict trial and implant outcomes. Many factors, including psychological, third-party payer approvals, finances, and patient and physician decision-making, may determine whether patients may proceed to a trial and implant, the time to trial and implant, and the relative success of SCS in reducing pain and improving function.

Davis will discuss research findings which show that psychological variables are important in selecting which patients proceed to trial and predict pre-trial pain levels, but not trial results. 

Department of Psychology