Perceived Consequences Scale-Comprensive (PCS-C)
The Perceived Consequences Scale-Comprehensive (PCS-C) measures the negative expectations or threats chronic pain patients often report whenever their pain increases.
Higher scores on the PCS-C are associated with increased avoidance behavior, maladaptive beliefs about pain, and higher levels of dysfunction.
The PCS-C should be used as an initial screening instrument to assist in treatment planning and to measure treatment progress and outcome.
The PCS-C was designed for patients experiencing persistent non-malignant pain of at least twelve weeks duration. Patients must be able to read and understand English at the 7th to 8th grade reading level. Patients also need to be congitively intact, capable of making simple pencil marks, unless the test is read to them, and have sufficient stamina and concentration.
The Perceived Consequences Scale-Comprehensive (PCS-C) was developed to measure the negative expectations or threats chronic pain patients often report about their pain.
The PCS-C is used in diagnosis decision making and in treatment planning.
Level II Requirements
The PCS-C is a 72 item questionnaire. Patients are required to assess, using a true-false format, the level of concern they have about different negative consequences or threats associated with their pain.
The PCS-C contains eleven subscales: Catastropic Fears, Fears of Pain, Fears of Treatment Failure, Fears of Re-Injury, Social Loss, Loss of Productivity, Material Loss, Fears of Despair, Loss of Personal Self, Loss of Psychological Health, and Loss of Physical Health.
The PCS-C is self-report. Administration time is approximately 20 minutes.