The international spinal cord injury pain extended data set (Version 1.0)

E. Widerström-Noga, F. Biering-Sørensen, T. N. Bryce, D. D. Cardenas, N. B. Finnerup, M. P. Jensen, J. S. Richards, E. J. Richardson, P. J. Siddall

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Objectives: The objective of this study was to develop the International Spinal Cord Injury Pain Extended Data Set (ISCIPEDS) with the purpose of guiding the assessment and treatment of pain after spinal cord injury (SCI).Setting:International. Methods: The ISCIPEDS was reviewed by members of the International SCI Data Sets Committee, the International Spinal Cord Society Executive and Scientific Committees, American Spinal Injury Association and American Pain Society Boards, and the Neuropathic Pain Special Interest Group of the International Association for the Study of Pain, individual reviewers and societies. Results: The working group recommended four assessment domains for the ISCIPEDS: (i) Pain symptoms including variables related to pain type, temporal course, severity, unpleasantness, tolerability of pain and questionnaires assessing pain type and symptom severity; (ii) Sensory signs to detect and quantify sensory abnormalities commonly associated with neuropathic pain, including dynamic mechanical and thermal allodynia, and hyperalgesia; (iii) Treatments (ongoing and past 12 months); and (iv) Psychosocial factors and comorbid conditions. Conclusion: The ISCIPEDS was designed to be used together with the International SCI Pain Basic Data Set and provide a brief yet thorough assessment of domains related to chronic pain in individuals with SCI. The data set includes pain-relevant self-reported assessments, questionnaires and sensory examinations. The recommendations were based on (i) their relevance to individuals with SCI and chronic pain, (ii) the existence of published findings supporting the utility of the selected measures for use in individuals with SCI, and to the greatest extent possible (iii) their availability in the public domain free of charge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1036-1046
Number of pages11
JournalSpinal Cord
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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