Validation of the English Version of the Pain Interference Index and the Pain Rating Scale in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults With Chronic Illness and Their Parents
Pain is a common symptom among children with a variety of medical illnesses. Currently, a
number of rating scales are used to assess pain interference and pain severity in adults.
However, relatively few measures assessing these variables have been validated for use with
children and adolescents, and existing tools have limitations.
The primary objective is to validate the self-report and parent versions of the Pain
Interference Index (PII) and the Pain Rating Scale (PRS) by comparison with previously
validated measures of pain interference (Modified Brief Pain Inventory) and pain severity
(Faces Pain Scale - Revised) in children, adolescents, and young adults ages 8 to 25 years
with cancer, neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1), or other genetic tumor predisposition syndromes
(GTPS), and their parents. Secondary objectives include collecting data on the reliability
of the PII and PRS, establishing normative data, and determining the feasibility of using
the PII and PRS with children ages 6 and 7 years.
Eligible pediatric participants must:
1. Have a diagnosis of NF1, GTPS, leukemia, or malignant solid tumor (including sarcoma,
neuroblastoma or melanoma)
2. Be 6 - 25 years of age
3. Be enrolled on an NCI clinical trial or natural history study
4. Have a parent or guardian willing to complete the corresponding parent measures
Fifty-four patients ages 8 to 25 and up to 108 parents of these patients will be asked to
respond one time to the PII and the PRS, as well as the Modified Brief Pain Inventory and
Faces Pain Scale - Revised during a scheduled clinic visit for their primary NCI protocol,
or while inpatient. In addition, demographic (patient gender and age, parent gender) and
medical (diagnosis, date of diagnosis, pain medication) data will be collected from review
of the patients medical record.
Staci M Peron, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
United States: Federal Government
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