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Human Studies

2020 Oct 10

BMC Musculoskelet Disord



A protocol for chronic pain outcome measurement enhancement by linking PROMIS-29 scale to legacy measures and improving chronic pain stratification.


Herman PM, Edelen MO, Rodriguez A, Hilton LG, Hays RD
BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2020 Oct 10; 21(1):671.
PMID: 33038933.


Substantial investment has gone into research on the efficacy and effectiveness of pharmaceutical and nonpharmacologic interventions for chronic pain. However, synthesizing this extensive literature is challenging because of differences in the outcome measures used in studies of similar or competing interventions. The absence of a common metric makes it difficult to replicate findings, pool data from multiple studies, resolve conflicting conclusions, or reach consensus when interpreting findings.