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    Please help. I hava a new Pain Management doctor who keeps talking about the Beck Factor. Can someone help me with this and tell me where I can find this information? Thank You

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    Cool Beck Factor

    Good morning,

    The Beck Factor is actually a measurement of the depression associated with chronic pain.

    This is just a tiny excerpt from an article defining the Beck Factor Inventory:

    "The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) is widely used to assess depression in chronic pain despite doubts about its structure and therefore its interpretation. This study used a large sample of 1947 patients entering chronic pain management to establish the structure of the BD."

    To read more about The Beck Factor, you can google it - there are lots of interesting articles on it.

    As for coding, I would just code the chronic pain and the associated depression as long as your doc is documenting this.

    Have a great day!


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