Aim: To determine the extent to which quantitative sensory testing (QST) predicted attrition in an interdisciplinary pain program (IPP). Patients & methods: Participants (n = 53) enrolled in an IPP completed pretreatment assessments of QST and the PROMIS-29 quality of life survey. Results & conclusion: Compared with completers, non-completers (24.5%) reported significantly higher pain intensity (7.1, 95% CI [5.8, 8.4] versus 5.4, 95% CI [4.8, 6.1]) and cold hyperalgesia (14.6°C, 95% CI [8.8, 20.4] versus 7.5°C, 95% CI [4.8, 6.1]), with both variables also predicting attrition. This finding highlights a potentially novel and clinically significant use of QST. Higher overall pain intensity and the presence of remote cold hyperalgesia may identify patients at risk for dropping out of an IPP.
- central sensitization
- chronic pain
- interdisciplinary pain management program
- quantitative sensory testing
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine