Research report: PDF OnlyInvalid use of pain drawings in psychological screening of back pain patientsVon Baeyer, Carl L.*,1; Bergstrom, Kathleen J.2; Brodwin, Martin G.3; Brodwin, Sandra K.3Author Information 1 Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Sask. S7N OW0 Canada 2 Department of Psychology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Sask. S7N OW0 Canada 3 Image Development, Los Angeles, Calif.U.S.A. *Address correspondence to the first author. (Received 26 May 1982, accepted 7 September 1982) Pain: May 1983 - Volume 16 - Issue 1 - p 103-107 doi: 10.1016/0304-3959(83)90089-1 Buy Metrics Abstract Drawings by low back pain patients depicting the severity, type and location of their pain have been suggested as a brief screening technique for psychological involvement in the pain complaints. A study of 212 back pain patients showed that pain drawings cannot validly be used in this way, since over half of the patients meeting MMPI criteria for psychological involvement in their pain were incorrectly identified as normal on the Pain Drawing test. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.