Pain (acute and chronic)

PsychologyTools Logo cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) worksheets for pain


  • Pain Catastrophizing Scale (Sullivan, Bishop, Pivik, 1995)  Download PCS from Dr Sullivan's site
  • Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire (McCracken, Vowles, Eccleston, 2004)  Download CPAQ (0.1MB)
  • The Illness Perceptions Questionnaire (IPQ: Weinman et al, 1996) is a useful measure of how patients think about their illness  Download in English  Visit the IPQ website
  • Phoda-SEV (Photograph Series of Daily Activities) is a tool to help patients determine a hierarchy for the threat value (i.e. fearfulness) of certain activities. It is useful in treating pain patients where there is a strong fear-of-movement component Link to Phoda page at




Pacing is about finding the right balance between spending enough time on an activity so that you can gain enjoyment form it, without pushing yourself so hard that it significantly worsens your pain.


  • Lecture on fear avoidance in chronic pain