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Rory Fleming Richardson, Ph.D., ABMP, TEP

Clincial Medical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist

Asking The Right Questions

One of the problems in clinical work is not asking the write questions. An example of this is in pain management. The most common question is to ask a patient what their pain level is at the time of the appointment. This question without additional questions is nearly useless. Function is the most important question. To assist both medical and psychological practitioners, I designed a questionnaire which focuses on issues essential to pain management.

I have also prepared a weekly pain questionnaire designed to help practitioners (see below). It is important to remember that not everyone experiences pain the same, that the pain changes throughout the day and week, and that acute pain can still occur even if chronic pain is being medicated.