Complex Pain Program Report

After completing the Complex Pain Program, patients report less Pain, better Coping & greater overall Quality of Life

BECKs™ Pilot Outcomes Project (B-POP)

The “BECK’s Pilot Outcomes Project” (B-POP), in addition to additional pain-related quality of life data* were collected from 41 Pain patients upon Admission and Discharge during 2011 & 2012. The patients in this sample completed a series of Health-Related Quality of Life scales from the PROMIS initiative, validated pain functioning measures, and the Becks™ scales for Depression (BDI®-II), Anxiety (BAI®), and Hopelessness (BHS®). The line graph below shows the extent to which patients improved after completing Sierra Tucson’s Complex Pain Program. The degree of improvement in all areas was statistically and clinically significant.

Pain Impact


*All data presented in this report are preliminary. Further cross-check analyses are in progress and, once finalized, will be published accordingly.


Patients learned to cope better through increasing resilience, relying more on distraction techniques, and reducing their tendency to catastrophize and worry about their pain’s impact on their life and future. Weekly Pain ratings fell significantly.

Pain Program Patients report significant Improvement in Mood

Patient Demographics

B-POP data comprised basic demographic information, pain quality-of-life measures, and the BECKs scales, which are customarily collected on all pain patients who admit to and discharge from Sierra Tucson. Data from 41 patients were gathered and analyzed, comprising 44% of the total 94 patients completing the Pain program for that same time period.

Patients in the Pain program were typically 44 years old, and comprised mostly women (63%).

Most patients completed the Complex Pain Program, with some variation in length of stay. 29% of Pain patients were able only to complete the program in 30 days, of which Sierra Tucson will accommodate on a patient-by-patient basis.

Where will our Outcomes Research go from here?

Sierra Tucson is committed to providing the best possible care to our patients’ recovery. Thus, we have established an Outcomes Research Program aimed to assess patient progress, not just at discharge, but over the course of their recovery in the long-term. Our commitment to our patients goes above and beyond the time they are in treatment at our facility. The second important reason why we have established an Outcomes Research Program is to rely upon patient-reported progress to consistently enhance the efficacy of our programs so that we remain evidenced-based and cutting-edge in our approaches to healing and recovery.

For our Chronic Pain program specifically, this means we also are currently in the process of writing up the results of these pain quality-of-life data for peer-reviewed publication. Additional chronic pain data will be updated periodically.