Behavioral goal assessment in patients with persistent musculoskeletal pain
2004 (English)In: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, ISSN 0959-3985, E-ISSN 1532-5040, Vol. 20, no 4, 243-254 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Identification and achievement of behavioral goals is an important issue in pain rehabilitation. For this dual purpose, we developed a patient-specific clinical tool—the Patient Goal Priority Questionnaire (PGPQ). Using the PGPQ, this study identifies patients' behavioral goals for physical therapy (PT) in a primary health care sample of patients with persistent musculoskeletal pain. In addition, this study examines the concurrent validity of the PGPQ in relation to a generic measure of disability, the Pain Disability Index (PDI). In all, 197 subjects participated in the study. The behavioral goals differed among the patients, comprehending several everyday activities and behaviors, and thus an individualized and behavioral focus was relevant for these patients. The PGPQ was negatively and moderately correlated with the PDI, indicating patient-specific properties of the new instrument. An elaborated version of the PGPQ can serve (a) as a clinical tool for identification of the patient's priorities of behavioral goals for PT, (b) as a clinical tool for collaborative formative evaluation during treatment, and (c) as a complementary measure in research for assessment of clinically significant changes related to behavioral performance.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 20, no 4, 243-254 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-93012DOI: 10.1080/09593980490887957OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-93012DiVA: diva2:166359