The development of a battery of measures for assessing physical functioning of chronic pain patients

Pain. 1994 Sep;58(3):367-375. doi: 10.1016/0304-3959(94)90131-7.


The physical performance of chronic pain patients is of major concern both for their assessment and for treatment evaluation. However, there are few widely used physical tests, a shortage of reliability and validity data on published tests, and an over-reliance on self-report or on clinical measures of dubious generalisability. A set of tests was designed to cover speed and endurance in walking, stair climbing, standing up from a chair, sit-ups, arm endurance, grip strength, and peak flow. Standard instructions and testing conditions were used by a trained tester on a population of chronic pain patients before and after a cognitive-behavioural chronic pain management programme. Reliability, validity, and acceptability of each test was examined, and recommendations made for their relative utility.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Hand Strength / physiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Observer Variation
  • Pain / physiopathology*
  • Pain Measurement*
  • Physical Endurance / physiology
  • Physical Exertion / physiology*
  • Postural Balance / physiology
  • Posture
  • Walking