Interview vs. paper-and-pencil administration of the McGill pain questionnaire

Robert K. Klepac, John Dowling, Paul Rokke, Laura Dodge, Lorraine Schafer

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In a 2 × 2 design, college student subjects described one of two levels of cold pressor pain (threshold or tolerance) with the McGill Pain Questionnaire administered via one of two modes (interview or paper-and-pencil). Interview administration was associated with higher scores on 5 of the 6 MPQ scores calculated. Data did not support the notion that this effect is entirely attributable to increased probability of interviewed subjects' endorsement of descriptors for which clarification of meaning was sought. Reliable effects of pain intensity were also found on 5 of the 6 measures, but in no case did pain intensity and mode of administration significantly interact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-246
Number of pages6
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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