Low back pain: reliability of a set of pain measurement tools

Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2001 Jun;82(6):735-42. doi: 10.1053/apmr.2001.22623.


Objectives: To determine the reliability and internal consistency of a set of low back pain (LBP)-related measurement tools and to determine whether they are appropriate for use in a large-scale, community-based sample in Israel.

Design: Test-retest reliability study, with an interval of 2 to 14 days between test and retest.

Setting: Physiotherapy clinics.

Participants: One hundred fifty-one patients with LBP.

Main outcome measures: The Modified Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire (MRMQ); a simple verbal pain severity scale; and modified pain symptoms frequency and bothersomeness indices. Three measures of variables with potential association with LBP were also used: a Fear-Avoidance Beliefs Questionnaire (FABQ), work satisfaction scale, and the Baecke Physical Activity Questionnaire (BPAQ).

Results: Test-retest reliability was high for the MRMQ, pain symptom indices, work index of the FABQ, and occupational activity index of the BPAQ; the internal consistency of the MRMQ and FABQ work index were also high (intraclass correlation coefficient >or= .89; alpha = .89).

Conclusions: Most measurement tools are reliable and suitable for community LBP studies in Israel.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Fear
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Israel
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Low Back Pain / diagnosis*
  • Low Back Pain / rehabilitation
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain Measurement / methods*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*
  • Translating