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Theoretical, psychometric, and pragmatic issues in pain measurement.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18706383     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Measurement is essential to nursing practice and research, and adequate tool selection is crucial for both. The present paper seeks to provide an overview of key issues to consider in tool development, selection, and psychometric testing using the concept of pain. Both the classic and the contemporary approaches to validity are described and compared. Although sharing similar features, the contemporary approach seems more encompassing, because it considers measurement purposes, participants' characteristics, and conditions under which instruments are used. Strategies pertaining to reliability and validity testing are discussed and illustrated with specific pain assessment measures, including pain intensity scales, multidimensional questionnaires, and other behavioral tools. Depending on measurement purposes, the more appropriate strategies are highlighted. Cultural issues in pain measurement as well as pragmatic criteria for measure selection also are discussed.
Céline Gélinas; Carmen G Loiselle; Sylvie LeMay; Manon Ranger; Emilie Bouchard; Dianne McCormack
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Validation Studies    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pain management nursing : official journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1532-8635     ISO Abbreviation:  Pain Manag Nurs     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-08-18     Completed Date:  2008-12-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100890606     Medline TA:  Pain Manag Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  120-30     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
School of Nursing, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Pain / diagnosis*
Pain Measurement
Psychometrics / methods*
Reproducibility of Results

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