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"How Much Does It Hurt?"

The test-retest reliability of a visual-analogue-scale measure of pain intensity (a pain-drawing measure of pain location), and the pain response to activity and position were examined using an intraclass correlation coefficient.

Reliability of each item on the "pain response to activity and position" questionnaire was examined by calculating an unweighted Cohen's kappa. Overall, the three pain measures demonstrated fair to good test-retest reliability. Although there is some variability in how consistently patients report various aspects of low-back pain, the reliability of these pain measures is sufficient to permit their use in making clinical decisions.

Roach KE, Brown MD, Dunigan KM, Kusek CL, Walas M. Test-retest reliability of patient reports of low-back pain. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Nov. 1997;26(5), pp253-9.

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