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Summary

What it measures:

The Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS) assesses the extent of catastrophic thinking due to low back pain according to 3 components: rumination, magnification, and helplessness.

It is a 13-item scale, with a total range of 0 to 52. Higher scores are associated with higher amounts of pain catastrophizing.

This test was identified by the Section on Women’s Health Task Force for use in functional limitation reporting. http://www.ptnow.org/FunctionalLimitationReporting/TestsMeasures/Default.aspx

The PCS was supported by the Low Back Pain Clinical Practice Guideline authored by APTA’s Orthopaedic Section (Delitto, et al, 2012).


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