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2022 Mar 29

Pain Manag

Using quantitative sensory testing to predict attrition in an interdisciplinary pain management program: a pilot study.


Zafereo J, Uhlenbrock B, Watson S, Wang-Price S, Noe C, Jarrett RB, Meltzer KJ, Huang M
Pain Manag. 2022 Mar 29.
PMID: 35345888.


To determine the extent to which quantitative sensory testing (QST) predicted attrition in an interdisciplinary pain program (IPP). Participants (n = 53) enrolled in an IPP completed pretreatment assessments of QST and the PROMIS-29 quality of life survey. 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.