Pain Disability Report-Short Form (PDR-SF)

The patient was administered the Pain Disability Report-Short Form (PDR-SF) to evaluate his/her level of pain-related disability. Disability refers to changes in a patient's ability to engage in activities and experience a wide range of behaviors, mood states, and thoughts as the result of some physically impairing condition such as persistent pain.

Disability and physical impairment are often weakly associated, especially in patients with chronic conditions. Therefore, a more precise and independent understanding of the patient's level of disability is important.

The PDR-SF should be viewed as a component of a comprehensive assessment protocol and cannot be judged definitively. The results of the PDR-SF need to be combined with additional data drawn from the clinical interview and other assessment devices.

The PDR-SF should be used as an initial screening instrument to assist in treatment planning and to measure treatment progress and outcome.


The PDR-SF is used with patients experiencing persistent, nonmalignant pain associated with emotional and behavioral debilitation (e.g., chronic lumbar pain). These patients present to pain clinics/hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, specialty clinics, and nursing homes. Patients must be able to read and understand English at the 7th to 8th grade reading level. Patients also need to be cognitively intact, have sufficient stamina and concentration, and capable of making simple pencil marks, of which the latter may not be required if the test is read to them.


The PDR-SF is a self-report questionnaire for measuring various aspects of pain-related disability and reaching conclusions about functional status. The test is a shortened version of the PDR-C.

Level II Requirements

The PDR-SF is used to measure the emotional, behavioral, social and psychological impact of a patient's sub-actute and chronic pain problem including mood disturbance, changes in social status, problems carrying out day to day responsibilities, and sleep disturbance. The PDR-SF also quantifies the functional status of the patient in terms of his ability to lift, carry, push, pull, climbing stars, walking, and so on. The PDR-SF is used to assist in treatment planning and to measure treatment progress and outcome. The PDR-SF is self-report with an administration time of approximately 12 minutes.

Price $12.00

Sample Report