We previously described an informatics tool (PROBE) to automate screening for behavioral risks for pain in children and adolescents. PROBE was deployed for a one year pilot study in our pediatric specialty care practice. Here we describe evaluation of this tool to assess self-report of pain, chronic disease activity and behavioral risks in 109 patients who sought routine care in the busy outpatient pediatric rheumatology practice of our large healthcare system. Results show that patients who self-report poorer self-efficacy and coping skills and night-time awakenings have significantly higher odds (8 and 5 times higher respectively) of reporting chronic pain even after accounting for their chronic disease activity. Our results show that automating screening in specialty care waiting rooms can not only inform the clinicians of patient's unknown risks but may even help drive the judicious use of precision healthcare resources such as cognitive behavioral therapy.
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