Tools & Measures for Researchers

A key objective of the Pain Management Collaboratory (PMC) is to encourage shared learning and data and the identification and optimization of best practices in the design and enactment of the PMC pragmatic clinical trials (PCTs). In this context, the PMC community has come together to develop a core set of measures of key phenotypes and outcomes that can be applied across the PCTs. These measures were comprehensively reviewed and recommended by the PMC Phenotypes and Outcomes Work Group and are endorsed by the PMC Steering Committee, which includes the PMC3 leadership, representatives from the sponsoring agencies, and the principal investigators of the PCTs.

Measures from the PMC Phenotypes Work Group

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AUDIT-C

The Alcohol Disorders Identification Test-Concise (AUDIT-C) is a brief alcohol use disorder screening instrument that reliably identifies individuals who are...

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NSCAP

The NSCAP assesses the frequency, targeted outcome (e.g., “to manage pain”), perceived effectiveness, and setting of these approaches.

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Pain Chronicity Threshold

The International Association for the Study of Pain and ICD diagnoses of chronic pain use a minimum 3- month threshold...

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Pain Intensity Threshold

In surveys of patients with chronic pain, pain intensity is described as a critically important dimension of the pain experience...

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Pain Management Collaboratory Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) Measures

The 5-item PMC COVID-19 measure assesses five potential domains of pandemic impact: access to healthcare, social support, finances, ability to...

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PEG

The PEG is a brief, convenient, patient-reported pain outcome measure that is derived from the Brief Pain Inventory.

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PHQ-2

The Patient Health Questionnaire-2 (PHQ-2) is a widely used, patient-reported, 2-item screening measure for depression.

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Substance Use (SUD) Measures

We compared operational definitions (ICD9/10) that targeted a non-VA research setting (PROUD), a VA research setting (Seal et al., 2019)...

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