Is Chronic Pain a Disease in Its Own Right? Discussions from a Pre-OMERACT 2014 Workshop on Chronic Pain

J Rheumatol. 2015 Oct;42(10):1947-1953. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.141328. Epub 2015 Jul 1.

Abstract

At the pain workshop held prior to the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) 12 conference, chronic nonmalignant pain (CP) as a "disease" was discussed, in response to growing interest in this concept and in terms of the effect on the OMERACT Filter 2.0 framework. CP is often assessed as a unidimensional outcome measure; however, if CP is a disease, then outcome measures need to define the disease state and identify all its manifestations as well as its effects, as specified by Filter 2.0. The aim was to write a discussion piece, reflecting the workshop contributions and debate, as an important step in opening a dialogue around future OMERACT Filter 2.0 Framework developments.

Keywords: BIOMEDICAL; BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL; CENTRAL SENSITIZATION; OMERACT; RHEUMATOLOGIC CONDITIONS.