Vocational Assessment

  • Paul Leung
Part of the Current Management of Pain book series (CUMP, volume 2)


Very little is known about the relationship of work and pain. Obviously, many factors affect the experience of pain and especially chronic pain[1]. It is only logical to assume that a person’s job situation specifically and vocation generally can be contributory either in decreasing or increasing the experience of pain or in managing the experience of the pain. There are certainly many allusions in the literature to the importance of work in relationship to pain management[2–4]. The end result of a pain management program or at least the expectation following entry into a pain program is often return to one’s vocation. And, in fact, return to work may be the only tangible sign of success for any rehabilitation program[4] in the eyes of compensation boards and insurance carriers. While return to work as a goal may seem simple, in reality it is often deceptive and involves much more than generally recognized.


Chronic Pain Pain Management Career Development Physical Capacity Work Sample 
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