Data from seventy-eight primary care patients with chronic pain was de-identified and divided into one of two groups. All patients had received the PHQ-9 at baseline and follow-up. A second group of patients had received the AGK Strengths Inventory prior to filling out the PHQ-9. Paired-sample t revealed significantly lower scores on PHQ-9 for patients who first completed the strengths-based self-assessment. There were no significant differences between groups at baseline or from initial to follow-up visit for the standard protocol group. Results from this project suggest a positive self-assessment may mediate depressive symptom severity in patients with chronic pain.
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