[Quality assurance in therapy of chronic pain. Results obtained by a taskforce of the German Section of the Association for the Study of Pain on psychological assessment of chronic pain]

Schmerz. 1995 Jan;9(1):39-42. doi: 10.1007/BF02530384.
[Article in German]


This is the first in a series of publications presenting the results of a taskforce on quality assurance in psychological assessment of chronic pain. The initiative was motivated by the increasing and confusing variety of newly developed German instruments and/or translations of Anglo-American instruments. Our main work was therefore concentrated on the collection of existing German assessment instruments, on summarizing the essentials in a documentary sheet, and on examining their objectivity, reliability, validity, clinical relevance, economy and degree of empirical foundation. For each diagnostic domain we thus elaborated specific differential recommendations for those working in psychological pain research and clinical practice, in an attempt to devise criteria enabling them to choose the optimal instrument or test battery for their needs and conditions.

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