During the multidisciplinary team meeting, and based on the results of the pain questionnaires completed by the patient before the commencement of treatment, a decision is taken on the kind of psychological examination and treatment required. The results of these pain questionnaires are important when deciding whether the patient needs an additional psychological examination. In its turn, this psychological examination provides information as to whether psychological treatment is advisable.
The pain specialist always discusses the multidisciplinary team's advice to undergo an additional psychological examination and/or psychological treatment with the patient. The final decision on whether or not to take this advice is always up to the patient.
During such psychological treatment, the psychologist will always talk to the patient first in order to discover what the consequences of the pain mean to him in his daily life, and what kinds of restrictions he experiences due to this pain. Depending on his conclusions, the psychologist will propose a particular psychological treatment.
Such psychological treatment can vary from personal therapy to behavioural group therapy. Since there are so many different kinds of psychological therapy in existence, no further details can be provided here.
Psychological treatment can also be part of a patient's pain rehabilitation programme.