Pain Patient Profile (P-3®)

Pain Patient Profile (P-3®)

Key Information


C. David Tollison, PhD, Jerry C. Langley, DC


The Pain Patient Profile (P-3) assessment focuses on the factors most frequently associated with chronic pain. The test can help provide an objective link between the physician's observations and the possible need for further psychological assessment

Age Range:

Individuals 17-76 years old


Paper-and-pencil, computer or online administration

Scoring Option:

Q-global™ Web-based Administration, Scoring, and Reporting; Q Local™ Scoring and Reporting Desktop Software; Mail-in Scoring Service; Fax-in Scoring Service; Manual Scoring, PAD

Reading Level:

8th Grade


Pain Patients and Community Samples


Tips on using this test in your telepractice

Report Options:

Interpretive Report or Progress Report

Publication Date:


Pain Patient Profile (P-3®)


Quickly evaluate for depression, somatization, and anxiety in pain patients.

The Pain Patient Profile (P-3) assessment focuses on the factors most frequently associated with chronic pain. The test can help provide an objective link between the physician’s observations and the possible need for further psychological assessment.

P-3 trial package

How to Use This Test

A variety of medical professionals, including anesthesiologists, general practitioners, rehabilitation specialists, chiropractors, surgeons, neurologists, and nurses can use the P-3 test to help:

  • Identify the psychological roadblocks to patient recovery
  • Assess, document, and justify the need for further psychological evaluation
  • Facilitate physician-psychologist communication
  • Evaluate the patient’s emotional readiness for surgery
  • Support evaluations for cases involving vocational readiness; orthopedic, occupational, and auto injuries; workers’ compensation; and long-term disabilities
  • Easily and inexpensively measure pre- and post-treatment pain status to evaluate treatment effectiveness and monitor clinical outcomes

Key Features

  • The test can help save time and money and reduce frustration for both patient and medical providers by identifying psychological factors that may be preventing the patient from reaching a successful medical outcome.
  • The test report includes an easy-to-understand summary of results to share with the patient.
  • Requiring only 12-15 minutes to administer, the test can be easily administered as part of an initial clinical evaluation.
  • The test was normed using both pain patients and subjects from the community. This cross-validating approach helps assure that results are more relevant to pain patients than more traditional assessments may be.


VAL—Validity Index

Psychometric Information

A total of 497 subjects participated in cross-validating the P-3 assessment. Approximately half of the subjects were pain patients (N=243) and half were community subjects (N=254).

Report Options

Interpretive Report
The report offers the health professional detailed analysisof the individual’s responses and includes graphic profiles of how the results compare to the norm group. Raw scores for each of the three scales (Depression, Anxiety, and Somatization) are transformed into T scores based on a pain patient normative sample. These T scores are used to plot the individual’s results. The report is divided into:

  1. Profile Validity: Describes the extent to which the patient understood the questions, answered randomly or magnified symptoms.
  2. Results Summary: Narrative explanation of scores.
  3. Pain Patient Profile: Graphic representation of scores.
  4. Clinical Interpretation: Narrative explanation of clinical scale scores.
  5. Treatment Recommendation: General suggestions for the medical practitioner.
  6. Omitted Items
  7. Patient Summary: One-page synopsis of the patient’s results written in layman’s language that can easily be shared with the patient.

View a sample Interpretive Report.

View a sample annotated Interpretive Report.

Progress Report 
The report enables the clinician to monitor a client’s progress over time.

View a sample Progress Report.

Scoring Options

Q-global™ Web-based Administration, Scoring, and Reporting – Enables you to quickly assess and efficiently organize examinee information, generate scores, and produce accurate comprehensive reports all via the Web.

Q Local™ Scoring and Reporting Desktop Software – Enables you to score assessments, report results, and store and export data on your computer.

Mail-in Scoring – Specially designed answer sheets are mailed to Pearson for processing within 24–48 hours of receipt; results returned via regular mail.

Hand Scoring – Administer assessments on answer sheets and score them quickly yourself with an answer key.

Fax-in Service – Specially designed answer sheets are faxed to us for processing within 1-2 hours of receipt and returned via fax.

PAD (Patient Assessment Device) Hand-held Electronic Device – Administer the test on a portable, hand-held device. The PAD is placed on a docking station connected to a printer and a results report is printed immediately.

– Allows you to score the assessments at your site.

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