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Human Studies

2020 Jan

Clin J Pain



Parental Proxy PROMIS Pain Interference Scores are only Modestly Concordant with their Child’s Scores: An Effect of Child Catastrophizing.


Scott EL, Foxen-Craft E, Caird M, Philliben R, deSebour T, Currier E, Voepel-Lewis T
Clin J Pain. 2020 Jan; 36(1):1-7.
PMID: 31599745.


Pediatric patients with chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as idiopathic scoliosis awaiting surgical correction can experience pain that interferes with their daily functioning. Reports of this interference are commonly gathered from patients through the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Pain Interference Scale and through parent-proxy scores. However, the child and parent/caregiver reports vary. In order to provide appropriate treatment for young patients with pain, the nature of the discrepancies and under which circumstances the reports differ needs to be understood. This report offers new information on the level of concordance among parent and child report of pain interference within this patient population, and which parent and child characteristics may influence concordance rates.