The Psychosocial Pain Assessment Form (PPAF)
Author of Tool:
Otis-Green, S., & The City of Hope Pain/Palliative Resource Center
Otis-Green, S. (2006). Psychosocial Pain Assessment Form. In Dow (Ed.), Nursing Care of
Women with Cancer. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby, 556-561.
Otis-Green, S. (2005). Psychosocial Pain Assessment Form. In Kuebler, Davis, Moore (Eds.),
Palliative Practices: An Interdisciplinary Approach. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby, 462-467.
Primary use / Purpose:
The Psychosocial Pain Assessment Form (PPAF) is a comprehensive assessment form for measuring psychosocial pain. It does so under five domains: economic, social support, activities of daily living, emotional impact, and coping style. Additionally, an assessment of prior history is included to help clinicians focus interventions where sexual abuse or other traumatic memories are present.
The psychosocial model of pain is now widely accepted. Pain is no longer treated, or thought of, as a purely physiological condition, but instead, one that is the product of a myriad of both psychological and physiological factors. For this reason, there is a need for instruments which measure the full range of outcomes and causes associated with chronic pain, whether they be psychological, economic, or physiological. The Psychosocial Pain Assessment Form (PPAF) was developed to be used in this capacity.