Evaluation of the psychometric properties of the revised short-form McGill pain questionnaire

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The recently revised version of the Short-Form McGill Pain Questionnaire (SF-MPQ-2) was created to assess both neuropathic and non-neuropathic pain. The current study extends prior research by testing the reliability and validity of the SF-MPQ-2 in a sample of U.S. veteran patients with a range of chronic pain diagnoses. Participants (N = 186) completed the SF-MPQ-2, a sociodemographic questionnaire, the Structured Clinical Interview for the DSM-IV, and self-report pain and psychiatric measures. Pain diagnoses were extracted from the electronic medical record. The SF-MPQ-2 total and scale scores demonstrated good-to-excellent internal consistency. Convergent and discriminant validity were supported, and SF-MPQ-2 total and scale scores increased with number of pain diagnoses and pain severity. Confirmatory factor analyses indicated that a 4-factor model fit the data better than a single-factor model. However, high intercorrelations among the 4 latent constructs were observed, and a second-order global pain construct also emerged. Overall, the SF-MPQ-2 demonstrated excellent reliability and validity in a sample of U.S. veteran patients with chronic neuropathic and non-neuropathic pain. Future psychometric studies of the SF-MPQ-2 should employ longitudinal data to evaluate the ability of scale scores to uniquely predict clinical and health service outcomes. Perspective: This article presents the psychometric properties of a revised version of the SF-MPQ-2. This measure may have great utility as a screening tool in clinical practice and as an outcome measure in clinical trials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1250-1257
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Pain
Volume13
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2012

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Chronic Pain
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Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
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Keywords

  • Chronic pain
  • McGill Pain Questionnaire
  • psychometric
  • reliability
  • validity

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  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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Evaluation of the psychometric properties of the revised short-form McGill pain questionnaire. / Lovejoy, Travis; Turk, Dennis C.; Morasco, Benjamin.

In: Journal of Pain, Vol. 13, No. 12, 12.2012, p. 1250-1257.

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