Millon Behavioral Health Inventory: Its utility in predicting physical function in patients with low back pain

Robert Joseph Gatchel, Tom G. Mayer, Patricia Capra, Jim Barnett, Pamela Diamond

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The present study evaluated the use of psychologic measures, in particular, the relatively new Millon Behavioral Health Inventory (MBHI), in predicting change in physical function of chronic low back pain patients undergoing a functional restoration program. The first 134 consecutive patients completing this program were assessed. Results demonstrated that various clinical scales of the MBHI were predictive of improvement in physical function. In addition, various scales enabled discrimination between patients who completed the program and those who prematurely dropped out. Although this inventory shows promise in helping to predict response to treatment, no single psychologic test can reliably be used as the sole predictor in clinical cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)878-882
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1986



  • Pain
  • Psychometric assessment
  • Rehabilitation

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