Pain measurement in rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases: Where to go from here? Report from a special interest group at OMERACT 2018

Alessandro Chiarotto, Ulrike Kaiser, Ernest Choy, Robin Christensen, Philip G. Conaghan, Mary Cowern, Michael Gill, Maarten de Wit, Elizabeth Gargon, Ben Horgan, Jamie J. Kirkham, Lee S. Simon, Jasvinder A. Singh, Peter Tugwell, Dennis C. Turk, Philip J. Mease

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Objective. Establishing a research agenda on standardizing pain measurement in clinical trials in rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMD). Methods. Discussion during a meeting at the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) 2018, prepared by a systematic review of existing core outcome sets and a patient online survey. Results. Several key questions were debated: Is pain a symptom or a disease? Are pain core (sub)domains consistent across RMD? How to account for pain mechanistic descriptors (e.g., central sensitization) in pain measurement? Conclusion. Characterizing and assessing the spectrum of pain experience across RMD in a standardized fashion is the objective of the OMERACT Pain Working Group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-1359
Number of pages1005
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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