A Scientifically Developed Tool for Pain and Opioid Risk Assessment
Developed with support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), PainCAS is a scientifically validated web-based, patient self-report clinical tool for assessing pain and opioid misuse risk in patients with chronic pain. By replacing traditional paper-and-pencil assessments, PainCAS improves workflow related to administering and documenting patient pain and opioid risk assessments.
PainCAS includes electronic versions of the SOAPP-8 and COMM-9, which are brief forms of the SOAPP®-R and COMM®.
PFI (Pain and Functioning Index):
A brief assessment that gathers information about patients’ demographics, location and intensity of pain, extent to which pain interferes with daily activities, medications and substances used (prescribed and non-prescribed), and emotional/psychological distress.
SOAPP-8 (Screener and Opioid Assessment for Patients with Pain):
A screener for patients with pain being considered for opioid therapy to determine their level of risk for problematic opioid-related behavior, now with only 8 questions.
COMM-9 (Current Opioid Misuse Measure):
A screener to detect problematic opioid-related behavior in patients with pain who are receiving opioid therapy, now with only 9 questions.
Standardize the assessment of pain, functioning, and risk:
- Enables consistent pain assessments for patients coming in for intake and follow-up clinic appointments (typically every 30 days):
- Offers evidenced-based problematic opioid-related behavior risk assessments that are quick for patients to complete, and are scored and interpreted automatically
- Increases documentation of risk assessment and pain variables within the electronic health record (EHR)
Improve workflow by:
- Eliminating the need for paper assessments
- Reducing staff burden related to hand scoring and interpretation of risk assessment
- Encouraging patients to complete intake/follow-up assessments prior to their appointments
- Providing at-a-glance graphical summary reports which include key clinical concerns
- Offering EHR integration
Advance clinical decision-making by:
- Identifying changes in patient risk status over time
- Tracking patients’ pain profile in the context of ongoing treatment
- Automatically generating graphical displays of patient functioning over time
- Monitoring changes in patient functioning