Principal Investigator: Elizabeth S. Goldsmith, MD
Co-Investigators: Maureen Murdoch, MD, MPH; Brent Taylor, PhD Research Associates: Nancy Greer, PhD; Roderick MacDonald, MS; Lauren G. McKenzie, MPH; Christina Rosebush, MPH
Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) Center, Minneapolis VA Health Care System, Minneapolis, MN
Washington (DC): Department of Veterans Affairs; August 2017.
Developing successful interventions for chronic musculoskeletal pain requires valid, responsive, and reliable outcome measures. By request of the 2016 State of the Art Conference on non-pharmacological approaches to chronic musculoskeletal pain, the Minneapolis VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program completed a rapid evidence review. We addressed a key question regarding psychometric properties of selected self-report pain measures to assist in adoption of these measures as core outcomes in clinical trials and other research of nonpharmacological approaches to chronic musculoskeletal pain.
What specific self-report measures of pain (intensity, severity) and pain-related functional impairment (activity limitations, participation, physical functioning, social role functioning, pain impact, pain interference, pain-related disability) have sufficient information on psychometric properties (eg, minimally important differences, validity, responsiveness, reliability) to consider their adoption for use as core outcome measures in prospective observational research and clinical trials of nonpharmacological approaches to care for persons (including Veterans) with chronic (= 3 months) musculoskeletal pain (eg, low back pain, osteoarthritis, and non-traumatic joint pain)?