Pain Management Skills Survey

Something we don’t know very much about is the way health professionals view the type of coping skills that are often recommended for patients.
This survey is one way to start to learn more about what you as a health professional think about some of the coping skills commonly used in pain management.
It’s completely confidential, very quick to complete, and I promise it has absolutely no nutritional value!

Click on this link and I promise it’ll be painless…

And in a couple of months, when I reach my target number of participants, I’ll post the results!

thanks heaps for doing this!

Questionnaire Validation: A Brief Guide for Readers of the Research Literature

Questionnaire Validation: A Brief Guide for Readers of the Research Literature. Mark Jensen.

I thought I’d give you a quick overview of a brief but very useful (and readable) article that explains how readers of research literature in pain can evaluate the literature.  It provides a summary of the issues surrounding the evaluation of pain measures by reviewing the essential concepts of validity and reliability, and how these are usually evaluated in pain assessment research.

It also has a glossary of terms used in evaluating psychometric properties of pain measures that is very helpful as a brief dictionary, and it covers just what needs to be included in any paper about a new pain assessment:

(1) the rationale for the measure (what will this measure do that previous measures cannot?);

(2) validity data that specifically addresses the uses for which the measure is being proposed; and

(3) initial reliability data.

Any psychology student (and many other health science students) will very quickly realise that there are thousands of pain measures already available, yet each year there are many more that are published.  Why oh why would we need any more?  The answer is not just that each researcher keenly wants to be ‘known’ for his or her new questionnaire – but that ‘our understanding of pain, and the effects of pain treatments, is so dependent on our ability to measure pain, any improvement in pain assessment should ultimately result in an improvement in our understanding and treatment of pain.’

Jensen writes that there are two main reasons for developing a new pain measure:

(1) that the new measure assesses a dimension or component of pain not assessed by existing measures, and

(2) that the new measure shows clear improvements over existing measures of the same pain dimension (eg, it is shorter, it is easier to administer and score, it is a better predictor of important outcomes, it is more sensitive to change).

Although this is not a new article – it was published in 2003, it summarises all the relevant psychometric areas in such a succinct and reader-friendly way that I think it should be compulsory reading for anyone learning about pain assessment (and certainly anyone in the midst of dreaming up a new measure!).

Jensen, M. (2003). Questionnaire Validation: A Brief Guide for Readers of the Research Literature. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 19:345–352.

Quick plead — and a plug for my survey

As you’ll know, research of any kind is a challenge.  That’s why I’ve resorted to using an on-line survey to find out some things that I’ve been wondering about for a while.

Sooooo, as I said I would, I’m nagging again to ask you to please consider clicking on this link to my brief survey about pain management strategies.  What YOU think matters! It takes about 5 – 10 minutes to complete, and it’s simple to do, just answer 10 questions on your thoughts on some common pain management strategies.  I’d like to get 100 responses – so keep ’em coming!

Thanks to those of you who have filled the survey out, I’m really grateful.  And to anyone else? Think about clicking, at least to see what I’m raving on about!

This is the link – thanks!