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These resources have been put together as part of an ongoing Pain Management Project set up by the Division in 2003. The Project's focus is mainly on Chronic Pain management, but resources available from this website include some Acute Pain management information.

This resource includes information suitable to hand to patients, to assist in their understanding and management of pain.

Pain management tools: Brief Pain Inventory
From: The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030

BPI Features

  • Purpose: To assess the severity of pain and the impact of pain on daily functions
  • Population: Patients with cancer pain and pain due to other chronic diseases
  • Assessment Areas: Severity of pain, impact of pain on daily function, location of pain, pain medications, and amount of pain relief in the past 24 hours or the past week
  • Responsiveness: Responds to both behavioral and pharmacological pain interventions
    Method: Self-report, interview, or via an Interactive Voice Response System (IVR)
  • Time required: 5 minutes (short form), 10 minutes (long form)
  • Scoring: No scoring algorithm, but "worst pain" or the arithmetic mean of the 4 severity items can be used as measures of pain severity and the arithmetic mean of the 7 interference items can be used a as a measure of pain interference
  • Reliability: Cronbach alpha reliability ranges from .77 to .91
  • Validation: The BPI has been validated in 12 different languages by examining the consistency of its two factor structure (factors: severity of pain and impact of pain).


Disclaimer: This resource does not aim to be a comprehensive list of pain resources. It is compiled to assist GPs of the NEV Division with patient management. Although we have tried to only list reputable resources we cannot guarantee the quality of information

This page was last revised on 02-Aug-2006

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