Self-rated measure of pain frequency, intensity, and burden: Psychometric properties of a new instrument for the assessment of pain

Adriane M. dela Cruz, Ira H. Bernstein, Tracy L. Greer, Robrina Walker, Chad D. Rethorst, Bruce Grannemann, Thomas Carmody, Madhukar H. Trivedi

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Abstract

Background: A brief, self-administered measurement of pain frequency, intensity, and burden is desirable in both research and clinical settings. We describe the development and initial psychometric properties of a new instrument, the Pain Frequency, Intensity, and Burden Scale (P-FIBS). Methods: The P-FIBS was administered to all participants (N=302) with psychostimulant use disorders in the National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network's STRIDE (Stimulant Reduction Intervention using Dose Exercise) multisite trial. Results: The four items on the P-FIBS demonstrate high item-total correlations (range 0.70-0.85) with a high Cronbach's alpha (0.90). The P-FIBS demonstrated a strong negative correlation with the bodily pain sub-score of the Short Form Health Survey (r=-0.76, p<0.0001) and did not correlate with a measure of cocaine (r=0.09, p=0.12) or methamphetamine (r=-0.06, p=0.33) craving. Conclusions: The P-FIBS demonstrates good psychometric properties. This brief measure can be used to assess pain in research settings or as a screen in clinical settings. Further research is needed to assess the measure's sensitivity to change with treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-160
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Psychiatric Research
Volume59
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Pain
  • Psychometrics
  • Rating scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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