Reliability of Quantitative Sensory Tests in a Low Back Pain Population.

Vuilleumier, Pascal Henri; Biurrun Manresa, José A; Ghamri, Yassine; Mlekusch, Sabine; Siegenthaler, Andreas; Arendt-Nielsen, Lars; Curatolo, Michele (2015). Reliability of Quantitative Sensory Tests in a Low Back Pain Population. Regional anesthesia and pain medicine, 40(6), pp. 665-673. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 10.1097/AAP.0000000000000289

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Reliability is an essential condition for using quantitative sensory tests (QSTs) in research and clinical practice, but information on reliability in patients with chronic pain is sparse. The aim of this study was to evaluate the reliability of different QST in patients with chronic low back pain. METHODS Eighty-nine patients with chronic low back pain participated in 2 identical experimental sessions, separated by at least 7 days. The following parameters were recorded: pressure pain detection and tolerance thresholds at the toe, electrical pain thresholds to single and repeated stimulation, heat pain detection and tolerance thresholds at the arm and leg, cold pain detection threshold at the arm and leg, and conditioned pain modulation using the cold pressor test.Reliability was analyzed using the coefficient of variation, the coefficient of repeatability, and the intraclass correlation coefficient. It was judged as acceptable or not based primarily on the analysis of the coefficient of repeatability. RESULTS The reliability of most tests was acceptable. Exceptions were cold pain detection thresholds at the leg and arm. CONCLUSIONS Most QST measurements have acceptable reliability in patients with chronic low back pain.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > Clinic and Policlinic for Anaesthesiology and Pain Therapy

UniBE Contributor:

Vuilleumier, Pascal Henri; Mlekusch, Sabine; Siegenthaler, Andreas and Curatolo, Michele

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1098-7339

Publisher:

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Language:

English

Submitter:

Jeannie Wurz

Date Deposited:

10 Nov 2015 11:43

Last Modified:

23 Jan 2018 12:14

Publisher DOI:

10.1097/AAP.0000000000000289

PubMed ID:

26222349

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.72838

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/72838

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