The purpose of this review is to provide a clearer picture of the present status of self-report assessment tools for comorbid chronic pain and depression. The utility of several independent self-report measures of chronic pain and depression found in the literature will be evaluated. The scope of the review will be narrowed to include only the most commonly used measures and a brief history of pain assessment. The instruments reviewed are the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2), the Beck Depression Inventory (BDl), the Symptom Checklist-90R (SCL-90R), pain drawings, Verbal Rating Scales (VRS), Numerical Rating Scales (NRS), Visual Analog Scales (VAS), Descriptor Differential Scales (DDS), the McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ), and the Medical Outcomes Study short-form general health survey-36 (SF-36). The conclusion drawn from this review was that while there are several independent measures of chronic pain and depression that are relatively valid and reliable, there is no one measure or cluster of measures that clearly elucidates the severity and impact of comorbid chronic pain and depression.
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