Non-verbal cues to osteoarthritic knee and/or hip pain in elders.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Behavioral cues are believed to be useful to identify pain among elders who may be experiencing pain but unable to express it. To examine this assumption, we recruited 192 elders who could verbally express pain to determine whether regression models combining behavioral cues (motor and gait patterns) predicted verbal pain reports. In the best model, age (p < .01) and subscales that measured guarding (p < .001) and joint flexion (p < .01) motor patterns were significant predictors of verbal pain reports. The receiver operating characteristic curve indicated that the best cutoff for predictive probability was 40-44%, with a fair to good C statistic of .78 (SD = .04). With a 40% cutoff, sensitivity and specificity were 71.6% and 71.0%, respectively. The investigators concluded that the final model could serve as a building block for the development of a tool using behavioral cues to identify elders' pain.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tsai, P-F; Kuo, Y-F; Beck, C; Richards, K; Means, KM; Pate, BL; Keefe, FJ

Published Date

  • June 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 218 - 227

PubMed ID

  • 21425277

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3100797

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-240X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/nur.20432


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States