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Pain Measurement in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases: Where To Go from Here? Report from a Special Interest Group at OMERACT 2018

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  • Alessandro Chiarotto
  • Ulrike Kaiser
  • Ernest Choy
  • Robin Christensen
  • Philip G Conaghan
  • Mary Cowern
  • Michael Gill
  • Maarten de Wit
  • Elizabeth Gargon
  • Ben Horgan
  • Jamie J Kirkham
  • Lee S Simon
  • Jasvinder A Singh
  • Peter Tugwell
  • Dennis C Turk
  • Philip J Mease
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OBJECTIVE: Establishing a research agenda on standardizing pain measurement in clinical trials in rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMD).

METHODS: Discussion during a meeting at the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) 2018, prepared by a systematic review of existing core outcome sets and a patient online survey.

RESULTS: Several key questions were debated: Is pain a symptom or a disease? Are pain core (sub)domains consistent across RMD? How to account for pain mechanistic descriptors (e.g., central sensitization) in pain measurement?

CONCLUSION: Characterizing and assessing the spectrum of pain experience across RMD in a standardized fashion is the objective of the OMERACT Pain Working Group.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)1355-1359
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019

    Research areas

  • Measurement, Musculoskeletal health, OMERACT, Pain, Rheumatology

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