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The S-LANSS score for identifying pain of predominantly neuropathic origin: Validation for use in clinical and postal research.

Bennett, Michael I. and Smith, Blair H. and Torrance, Nicola and Potter, Jean (2005) The S-LANSS score for identifying pain of predominantly neuropathic origin: Validation for use in clinical and postal research. The Journal of Pain, 6 (3). pp. 149-158.

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Abstract

This article describes the development and validation of the S-LANSS score, a self-report version of the Leeds Assessment of Neuropathic Symptoms and Signs pain scale. The S-LANSS aims to identify pain of predominantly neuropathic origin, as distinct from nociceptive pain, without the need for clinical examination. Two hundred patients with chronic pain were asked to complete the S-LANSS unaided. A researcher then administered the S-LANSS scale and the Neuropathic Pain Scale (NPS) in interview format. An independent clinician determined the pain type (neuropathic versus nociceptive) and rated his or her certainty about diagnosis. The S-LANSS scale was also incorporated into a chronic pain questionnaire that was sent to 160 community patients and 150 newly referred patients waiting for pain clinic assessment. The S-LANSS scale correctly identified 75% of pain types when self-completed and 80% when used in interview format. Sensitivity for self-completed S-LANSS scores ranged from 74% to 78%, depending on the cutoff score. There were significant associations between NPS items and total score with S-LANSS score. In the postal survey, completed questionnaires were returned by 57% of patients (n = 174). Internal consistency and convergent validity of the survey S-LANSS scores were confirmed. The findings support the S-LANSS scale as a valid and reliable self-report instrument for identifying neuropathic pain and it is also acceptable for use in postal survey research.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of Pain
Uncontrolled Keywords: Neuropathic pain ; validation ; S-LANSS ; chronic pain ; questionnaire ; pain measurement
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 32136
Deposited By: Mrs Yaling Zhang
Deposited On: 10 Mar 2010 12:31
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:06
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/32136

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