Psychological Assessment Tools

BBHI 2:  A brief diagnostic tool well-suited for initial intake and outcomes measurement

 The BBHI 2 test was developed specifically to help medical professionals assess the important mind/body connection for their patients. Derived from the well-researched, widely used BHI™ (Battery for Health Improvement) test, the shorter BBHI 2 instrument helps practitioners quickly evaluate for a number of psychomedical factors commonly seen in medical patients, such as pain, somatic, and functional complaints – as well as traditional psychological concerns such as depression, anxiety and patient defensiveness.

The information provided by the BBHI 2 test can help practitioners obtain a quick yet comprehensive overview of the patient to help in treatment planning and in determining whether the patient may need a more in-depth evaluation by a psychologist.

Battery for Health Improvement™ 2 (BHI™ 2)
Designed to present a concise, coordinated assessment of the bio/psycho/social issues that are most relevant in evaluating medical patients. Because psychological and social factors that go undetected can significantly interfere with a patient's response to treatment, the BHI 2 test can help caregivers shape an appropriate treatment plan, reduce treatment time and improve a patient's quality of life.
A significant revision of the BHI™ test, the BHI 2 instrument helps provide objective, reliable information to psychologists and healthcare professionals who treat patients in a variety of settings.

How to Use This Test

The BHI 2 test can be used by psychologists and physicians to help:

  • Measure the relationship among and impact of physical, environmental, and psychological factors on the patient's treatment

  • Support evaluations for cases involving orthopedic, occupational, and auto injuries; workers compensation; and long-term disabilities

  • Evaluate the patient's emotional readiness for surgery

  • Facilitate physician-psychologist communication as well as communication within a multidisciplinary treatment team

  • Assess the patient's readiness for vocational training or job placement

  • Evaluate treatment effectiveness and monitor clinical outcomes

Key Features

  • The objective information provided by the BHI 2 test can be used to help reduce treatment time, improve treatment planning, and improve the patient's quality of life.

  • Requiring only 30-45 minutes to administer, the BHI 2 test helps measure numerous outcomes, including reduction of pain, improvement in function, and satisfaction with care.

  • The new BHI 2 test includes 31 Critical Items that draw attention to a wide variety of risk factors including:
    Pain Fixation
    Perceived Disability
    Satisfaction with Care
    Sleep Disorders
    Suicidal Ideation
    Violent Tendencies

  • The Scale Summary section highlights the patient's significant scores and summarizes noteworthy findings.

  • The Pain Complaints section uses a nationally standardized 1–10 pain scale, which assesses multiple dimensions of the pain experience, including level of pain in 10 body areas, pain tolerance, pain range, and peak pain.

  • The Somatic Complaints section, available in the Enhanced Interpretive Report, helps guide the clinician to explore medical and psychological explanations for physical symptoms.

  • The Diagnostic Probabilities section, available in the Enhanced Interpretive Report, provides a percentage (probability) that indicates how closely the patient's pain complaints match the pain complaints of patients with the same diagnosis.

  • Within each scale, content areas help distinguish possible reasons for the patient's psychological or psychosocial problems. Presented in graphic format, this additional delineation helps further support the development of suitable treatment plans

  • Both interpretive reports include a Patient Summary, written in lay person's language, to help the clinician explain test results to the patient.