Treatment is decided upon during the multidisciplinary team meeting, based on the results of pain questionnaires completed before the commencement of pain treatment. In these questionnaires, evidence of depressive mood in the patient is noted.
For this reason, an additional psychiatric evaluation is recommended, together with associated treatment for depression. The pain specialist always consults the patient about this, and the final decision always lies with the patient.
The treatment of depression by a psychiatrist usually consists of medication.