A. Westman, S.J. Linton, J. Ã–hrvik, P. WahlÃ©n and J. Leppert
The aim of this study was to validate the Ã–rebro Musculoskeletal Pain Screening Questionnaire (Ã–MPSQ) for patients with non-acute pain problems and compare to other relevant questionnaires. One hundred and fifty-eight patients with musculoskeletal pain and disability recruited to a multidisciplinary rehabilitation project completed a battery of questionnaires at baseline and at 3-year follow-up visits. The main analysis involved the relationship between risk levels in the questionnaire and sick leave and perceived health after 3 years. The Ã–MSPQ predicted future sick leave and health and was found to have six factors. The function and pain factors were the best predictors of sick leave after 3 years, while the distress factor was the best predictor of perceived mental health and return to work-expectancy was borderline significant. Perceived physical health at 3 years was best predicted by the function and pain factors with the fear-avoidance factor being marginally significant.
Psychosocial factors as measured by Ã–MPSQ are related to work disability and perceived health even 3 years after treatment for patients with non-acute pain problems. The Ã–MSPQ was a good predictor of outcome.
European Journal of Pain, 2008, 12(5), 641-649