Protocol - Short Form-McGill Pain Questionnaire-2 (SF-MPQ-2)

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The Short Form-McGill Pain Questionnaire-2© (SF-MPQ-2©) is a 22-item self-administered questionnaire that asks about the different qualities of pain and related symptoms. Respondents are asked to rate the intensity of each type of pain they felt during the past week on a scale from 0 to 10.

Specific Instructions
This series of questions should be asked of people who are currently experiencing abdominal pain.

Summary of the Short Form-McGill Pain Questionnaire-2© (SF-MPQ-2©)

The Short Form-McGill Pain Questionnaire-2© (SF-MPQ-2©) provides the respondent with a list of words that describe some of the different qualities of pain and related symptoms. Respondents are asked to put an X through the numbers (from 0 to 10) that best describe the intensity of each of the pain and related symptoms they felt during the past week.

SF-MPQ-2© R. Melzack and the Initiative on Methods, Measurement, and Pain Assessment in Clinical Trials (IMMPACT), 2009. All Rights Reserved.


Limited Availability

Personnel and Training Required
Equipment Needs
Requirement CategoryRequired
Major equipment No
Specialized training No
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection No
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual No
Mode of Administration

Self-administered questionnaire




Adults aged 18 years and older

Selection Rationale

The Short Form-McGill Pain Questionnaire-2© (SF-MPQ-2©) was selected because it is easy to administer and has been found to have excellent reliability and validity. It is a shorter version of the McGill Pain Questionnaire© (MPQ©), which is more complex.


Chinese, English

caDSR Common Data Elements (CDE) Person Abdominal Pain Assessment Score 3163065 CDE Browser
Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) Pain abd - type intensity proto 62969-1 LOINC
Human Phenotype Ontology Abdominal pain HP:0002027 HPO
Derived Variables


Process and Review

Not applicable.

Protocol Name from Source

Short-form McGill Pain Questionnaire (SF-MPQ-2)


Dworkin, R. H., Turk, D. C., Revicki, D. A., Harding, G., Coyne, K. S., Peirce-Sandner, S., et al. (2009). Development and initial validation of an expanded and revised version of the Short-form McGill Pain Questionnaire (SF-MPQ-2©). Pain, 144, 35–42.

The Short Form-McGill Pain Questionnaire-2© (SF-MPQ-2©) is a proprietary instrument. Researchers interested in using the questionnaire are required to complete and sign a User Agreement in which specific conditions requested by the authors are detailed. For more information on use requirements please visit:


MAPI Research Trust Christelle Berne
27 rue de la Villette
F - 69003 LYON
Tel: +33 4 72 13 65 75
Fax: +33 4 72 13 66 82
email: cberne@mapigroup.com

General References


Protocol ID


Export Variables
Variable Name Variable IDVariable DescriptiondbGaP Mapping
PX190901000000 Protocol 190901 - proprietary. Check DCW for more
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Measure Name

Pain (Type and Intensity)

Release Date

December 13, 2010


This is a measure to assess pain and related symptoms.


To provide a comprehensive measure of pain symptoms and conditions.


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Measure Protocols
Protocol ID Protocol Name
190901 Short Form-McGill Pain Questionnaire-2 (SF-MPQ-2)
190902 Adolescent Pediatric Pain Tool (APPT)

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