Protocol - Pain Quality Descriptors (Nociceptive) - Adult
The Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS®) Scale v2.0 - Nociceptive Pain Quality 5a is a self-administered questionnaire assessing 5 descriptors of nociceptive pain quality, with a recall period of the past 7 days. This protocol was validated in individuals aged 18 years and older.
Because of validation in a wide range of ages, the PhenX Working Group (WG) recommends the use of the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS®) Pain Quality Descriptors protocols if the study contains a broad range of ages or if the study will be tracking the same participant(s) through age transitions from childhood to adulthood. If the study involves only adults and a broader array of pain descriptors are desirable, the PhenX WG recommends the use of the Short Form-McGill Pain Questionnaire-2 (SF-MPQ-2) protocol.
The PhenX WG recommends this PROMIS® protocol. For additional information regarding PROMIS® instruments (including scoring, validity, and interpretation) please visit: www.healthmeasures.net. For specific information about this instrument, please visit:
PROMIS® Nociceptive Pain Quality 5a
Please respond to each question or statement by marking one box per row.
In the past 7 days…
|Not at all||A little bit||Somewhat||Quite abit||Verymuch|
|Did your pain feel sore?...||[ ]1||[ ]2||[ ]3||[ ]4||[ ]5|
|Did your pain feel tender?...||[ ]1||[ ]2||[ ]3||[ ]4||[ ]5|
|Did your pain feel achy?...||[ ]1||[ ]2||[ ]3||[ ]4||[ ]5|
|Did your pain feel deep?...||[ ]1||[ ]2||[ ]3||[ ]4||[ ]5|
|Did your pain feel steady?...||[ ]1||[ ]2||[ ]3||[ ]4||[ ]5|
Personnel and Training Required
|Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection||No|
|Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual||No|
Mode of Administration
Adults aged 18 years and older
The Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS®) Scale v2.0 - Nociceptive Pain Quality 5a item bank is psychometrically sound, validated, well established; has standardized scoring; and is easy to implement and interpret.
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|caDSR Common Data Elements (CDE)||PROMIS Scale v2.0-Nociceptive Pain Quality 5a Past Week Pain Feels Sore Score 5 Point Scale||10496243||CDE Browser|
|caDSR Common Data Elements (CDE)||PROMIS Scale v2.0-Nociceptive Pain Quality 5a Past Week Pain Feels Tender Score 5 Point Scale||10496249||CDE Browser|
|caDSR Common Data Elements (CDE)||PROMIS Scale v2.0-Nociceptive Pain Quality 5a Past Week Pain Feels Achy Score 5 Point Scale||10496263||CDE Browser|
|caDSR Common Data Elements (CDE)||PROMIS Scale v2.0-Nociceptive Pain Quality 5a Past Week Pain Feels Deep Score 5 Point Scale||10496264||CDE Browser|
|caDSR Common Data Elements (CDE)||PROMIS Scale v2.0-Nociceptive Pain Quality 5a Past Week Pain Feels Steady Score 5 Point Scale||10496267||CDE Browser|
Process and Review
Protocol Name from Source
Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS®) Scale v2.0 - Nociceptive Pain Quality 5a
22nd Annual Conference of the International Society for Quality of Life Research. (2015). Quality of Life Research, 24(Suppl. 1), 1–191. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-015-1078-4
Curtis, S. A., Brandow, A. M., DeVeaux, M., Zeltermam, D., Devine, L., & Roberts, J. D. (2020). Daily cannabis users with sickle cell disease show fewer admissions than others with similar pain complaints. Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, 5(3), 255–262.
Revicki, D. A., Cook, K. F., Amtmann, D., Harnam, N., Chen, W. H., & Keefe, F. J. (2014). Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis of the PROMIS pain quality item bank. Quality of Life Research, 23(1), 245–255.
Vaughan, B., Chase, B., Hickey, J., Tassoulas, M., Weston, H., Fitzgerald, K., Fleischmann, M., Mulcahy, J., & Austin, P. (2021). PROMIS neuropathic and nociceptive pain quality in musculoskeletal pain presentations Clinical Journal of Pain, 37(9), 639–647.
|Variable Name||Variable ID||Variable Description||dbGaP Mapping|
|PX860703030000||Did your pain feel achy?||N/A|
|PX860703040000||Did your pain feel deep?||N/A|
|PX860703010000||Did your pain feel sore?||N/A|
|PX860703050000||Did your pain feel steady?||N/A|
|PX860703020000||Did your pain feel tender?||N/A|
Pain Quality Descriptors
July 28, 2022
A measure used to assess the specific subjective sensations associated with pain.
Assessing the nature of pain an individual experiences may assist in indicating whether the pain is primarily nociceptive or neuropathic. This can aid in the selection of appropriate treatment and in evaluating a patient's response to treatment.
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|Protocol ID||Protocol Name|
|860701||Pain Quality Descriptors (Affective) - Children|
|860702||Pain Quality Descriptors (Sensory) - Children|
|860703||Pain Quality Descriptors (Nociceptive) - Adult|
|860704||Pain Quality Descriptors (Neuropathic) - Adult|
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