It’s been a while since I linked to pain websites, so I did a little trawl through the web pages to find these ones.
The NPEC (National Pain Education Council) has some FREE resources – notably some pdf documents on Patient forms, several pain assessment tools, two functional assessment tools, and two quality of life measures. Worth a look – and if you go to the home page, and are prepared to log in, there are some CME activities, and it’s FREE!
If you’ve ever struggled to find a pain assessment, Hardin Library at the University of Iowa describes some search strategies that can be used in common databases – and a bunch of web-based health assessment resources – so it’s a great place to go to refine your search techniques. You will need to have a way to obtain the commercial assessments, but for many pain assessments, you can find the original research article and either contact the researcher direct, or find out the place to buy the assessment if that’s necessary.
For the ACC (in New Zealand) ‘Pain Assessment Compendium’, you can go to the ACC ‘Provider publications order form’ and fill out the blanks to obtain a CD of the compendium. This provides you with a large number of psychometrically valid assessments – but be warned, they are not outcome measures, and as normal with pain measures, the normative data is North American or British, and won’t directly translate to New Zealand populations.
Chirogeek, despite the name, has some very useful resources online. Head to this page for links to four measures often used in musculoskeletal pain assessment: the Oswestry Disability Index, Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire, Stanford Score, and the Neck Disability Index.
The final website I want to include today is the PROQOLID, or the Patient-Reported Outcome and Quality of Life Instruments Database. This lists a range of Quality of Life measures across various disabilities and describes the author, purpose, population, and other details to help you decide whether it would be helpful in your population. Details of the questionnaires are restricted to subscribers, but the summary alone is helpful – and you can always search for the original or for publishers with the name and author listed.
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