The assessment of pain in rheumatoid arthritis: disease differentiation and temporal stability of a behavioral observation method.

Published

Journal Article

An observation method for the assessment of pain behaviors in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been developed. We investigated the extent to which the frequencies of pain behaviors differentiated patients with RA and patients with chronic low back pain from depressed and nondepressed, pain free, control subjects. The reliability of the pain behavior frequencies of patients with RA across 2 observation sessions also was determined. Total pain behavior scores clearly differentiated patients with RA and low back pain from depressed and nondepressed, pain free, control subjects. Pain behavior observed in patients with RA showed a high degree of stability over time. The results of our study suggest that the behavioral observation method will prove useful in the assessment of RA pain in clinical and research settings.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Anderson, KO; Bradley, LA; McDaniel, LK; Young, LD; Turner, RA; Agudelo, CA; Gaby, NS; Keefe, FJ; Pisko, EJ; Snyder, RM

Published Date

  • August 1987

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 700 - 704

PubMed ID

  • 2959773

Pubmed Central ID

  • 2959773

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0315-162X

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • Canada