Validity and reliability of the Spanish-language version of the self-administered Leeds Assessment of Neuropathic Symptoms and Signs (S-LANSS) pain scale

Neurologia (Engl Ed). 2018 Oct;33(8):505-514. doi: 10.1016/j.nrl.2016.10.009. Epub 2016 Dec 9.
[Article in English, Spanish]


Introduction: The self-administered Leeds Assessment of Neuropathic Symptoms and Signs (S-LANSS) scale is a tool designed to identify patients with pain with neuropathic features.

Objective: To assess the validity and reliability of the Spanish-language version of the S-LANSS scale.

Methods: Our study included a total of 182 patients with chronic pain to assess the convergent and discriminant validity of the S-LANSS; the sample was increased to 321 patients to evaluate construct validity and reliability. The validated Spanish-language version of the ID-Pain questionnaire was used as the criterion variable. All participants completed the ID-Pain, the S-LANSS, and the Numerical Rating Scale for pain. Discriminant validity was evaluated by analysing sensitivity, specificity, and the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC). Construct validity was assessed with factor analysis and by comparing the odds ratio of each S-LANSS item to the total score. Convergent validity and reliability were evaluated with Pearson's r and Cronbach's alpha, respectively.

Results: The optimal cut-off point for S-LANSS was ≥12 points (AUC=.89; sensitivity=88.7; specificity=76.6). Factor analysis yielded one factor; furthermore, all items contributed significantly to the positive total score on the S-LANSS (P<.05). The S-LANSS showed a significant correlation with ID-Pain (r=.734, α=.71).

Conclusion: The Spanish-language version of the S-LANSS is valid and reliable for identifying patients with chronic pain with neuropathic features.

Keywords: Chronic pain; Dolor crónico; Dolor neuropático; Estudio transcultural; Evaluación del dolor; Fiabilidad; Neuropathic pain; Pain assessment; Reliability; Transcultural study; Validez; Validity.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Diagnostic Self Evaluation
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Language
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuralgia / diagnosis*
  • Pain Measurement / methods*
  • Pain Measurement / standards*
  • ROC Curve
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Spain
  • Surveys and Questionnaires / standards*
  • Translations