Psychological evaluations may be requested as a screening measure in many medical procedures such as: bariatric bypass, lap-band, spinal cord stimulator, and more. The psychological evaluation is used to assist the medical team in determining who will be a good candidate and benefit from various invasive and noninvasive medical treatments. Studies have shown that psychological factors predict outcome with an 80% or more success rate. Importantly, the evaluation is used to identify factors that will help you attain a positive outcome and sustain better health. The pre-surgery evaluator really wants to understand you and their goal is to identify strengths and weaknesses that will lead to your success.
Your evaluating psychologist is part of the integrated medical team. Typically, the recommendation from a psychologist is required before surgery. This recommendation is usually a requirement of most insurance companies as well as the referring physician.
The medical psychological evaluation may vary somewhat depending on the nature of the referral. However, the initial meeting with a psychologist will be scheduled for two hours. The clinical interview will consist of background information and relevant clinical information. The patient then will schedule a time to complete the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2). The MMPI-2 generally takes between 1 ½ -2 hours to complete. The testing data and information gleaned from the clinical interview will be interpreted and integrated in a report that will follow in approximately two weeks.
It is important to remember that the psychologist’s primary goal with the evaluation is to understand you, in order for you to obtain optimal results from your medical procedure. In our office, Becky Huskinson, Psy.D., Joe Lipetzky, Psy.D., and Todd Bennett, Ph.D., are qualified to administer and interpret the psychological evaluation.
Call our office to schedule a medical/pre-surgery psychological evaluation at (208) 373-0790.
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