The outcome evaluation questionnaire: Preliminary findings from a sample of acute pain patients


Journal Article

This paper examines the test-retest reliability, internal validity, and compliance to complete the Outcome Evaluation Questionnaire (OEQ) with a sample of patients seeking care for acute musculoskeletal problems. The OEQ is a brief questionnaire designed to provide a basic measure of behavioral and cognitive responses. Participants were asked to complete the form during a visit to an occupational health care facility. Results showed that all patients completed the questionnaire and compliance to answer properly each individual item ranged from 84% to 100%. Items that required patients to provide frequency estimates had the lowest compliance rates. Test-retest reliability was high for most items and ranged between.42 and.96. An intercorrelation matrix showed several moderate relationships which may indicate internal consistency as well as show that the items do not tend to measure the same entity. Taken together with previous findings, the OEQ appears to be a reliable and valid instrument which may be helpful in conducting cognitive-behavioral assessments of patients having pain. © 1992 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Linton, SJ; Keefe, FJ; Jansson, O; Aslaksen, K

Published Date

  • January 1, 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 163 - 170

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0284-5717

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/16506079209455911

Citation Source

  • Scopus