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The West Haven-Yale multidimensional pain inventory (WHYMPI)

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The complexity of chronic pain has represented a major dilemma for clinical researchers interested in the reliable and valid assessment of the problem and the evaluation of treatment approaches. The West Haven-Yale Multidimensional Pain Inventory (WHYMPI) was developed in order to fill a widely recognized void in the assessment of clinical pain. Assets of the inventory are its brevity and clarity, its foundation in contemporary psychological theory, its multidimensional focus, and its strong psychometric properties. Three parts of the inventory, comprised of 12 scales, examine the impact of pain on the patients' lives, the responses of others to the patients' communications of pain, and the extent to which patients participate in common daily activities. The instrument is recommended for use in conjunction with behavioral and psychophysiological assessment strategies in the evaluation of chronic pain patients in clinical settings. The utility of the WHYMPI in empirical investigations of chronic pain is also discussed.
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... West Haven-Yale Multidimensional Pain Inventory (WHYMPI) is one of the most commonly used multi -dimensional scale for chronic pain in terms of physiologic, psychologic and emotion aspects. 6 The impact of pain on daily life, the individual's degree of participation in the activities and the individual's surroundings expression of pain are evaluated in the scale which has been translated into various languages and it is used to assess a wide range of pathologies. ...
... The third section evaluates the patient's activity and frequency of activity. 6 . Distribution according to the subtitle and scoring of the items in WHYMPI are shown in Table 1. ...
... for assessing chronic pain is a great role nowadays. 6 WHYMPI-T that is the multidimensional pain scale is a valid and reliable scale for patients with chronic low back pain as a result of the study. ...
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Background: West Haven-Yale Multidimensional Pain Inventory (WHYMPI), used in the evaluation of patients with chronic pain including behavioral and cognitive assessment, is a multidimensional pain scale consisting of three main sections and 12 subscales. The validity of this inventory has been supported by various study results of confirmatory and exploratory factor analytic procedures. The aim of our present study was to investigate the validity and reliability of the Turkish form of the West Haven-Yale Multidimensional Pain Inventory (WHYMPI-T). Methodology: 41 patients, with a minimum 3 mon history for chronic non-specific low back pain, without previous surgical history, neurological and rheumatic diseases, and without communication problem; completed Brief Pain Inventory (BPI), McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and the Short Form-36 (SF-36) scales. The measurements were repeated in fifth days. Results: Significant difference between WHYMPI-T lower and upper group averages was found. Internal consistency analysis of the scale, Cronbach's α coefficient ranged from 0.93 to 0.99 for B and C sections. All the items of A, B and C sections were found compatible with each other in the item analyses and scale test-retest results were congruent with each other. Between WHYMPI-T subscales and BPI, MPQ, BDI, SF-36 scales, a positive correlation was observed. Conclusion: The results of our study confirm that WHYMPI-T is a valid and reliable instrument which can be used for the evaluation of chronic non-specific low back pain.
... Firstly, they mainly focus on partner´s responsiveness and solicitousness (e.g., providing pain medication, helping with chores, asking how they can help) (Newton-John, 2002), which are not necessarily validation. Also, studies have used social support measures as a proxy to validation, when in fact they measure distraction and problem-solving behaviors [e.g. the support subscale of the Multidimensional Pain Inventory (MPI; Kerns et al., 1985)], and/or satisfaction with support [the Social support in Pain Questionnaire (SPQ;Lugt et al., 2011)] rather than validation. Additionally, many studies have used observational coding systems (e.g., Cano et al., 2008;Edmund and Keefe, 2015;Leong et al., 2011), which tell us little about the subjective experience of being validated. ...
... (e.g., Burns et al., 2018), which may fail to grasp such a complex construct as criticism. Some studies overcome this limitation of 1-item measures by using the punishing responses subscale of the MPI, which measures some aspects of criticism, such as anger, irritation, frustration, and ignoring (Kerns et al., 1985), but not necessarily the nuances of criticism [dismissiveness, put-down, comparative criticism, and shaming behaviors (e.g.,Gilbert ...
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... All participants were asked to complete a series of questionnaires. The outcomes that were reported by the participants and used in analyses are shown in Table 1 [34][35][36][37][38][39][40][41][42][43][44][45][46][47][48][49][50]. Six questionnaires were completed on a daily basis, of which the mean of all days was calculated and included in the analysis. ...
... Pain intensity was rated with an 11-point rating scale from 0 to 10 to assess the worst, least, average and current pain experienced during the last week. Pain-associated disability was assessed with the corresponding subscale of the Multidimensional Pain Inventory (MPI) based on 10 items rated from 0 to 6 (Flor et al., 1990;Kerns et al., 1985) and reached excellent reliability (T0: ω=0.98; T1: ω=0.98). ...
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... The West Haven-Yale Multidimensional Pain Inventory (WHYMPI): WHYMPI is a self-administered self-report of chronic pain behaviour assessing the entire range of psychosocial effects in chronic pain patients [24]. ...
... 28 Research supports a unitary construct of pain severity, as strong correlations between measures of pain intensity and measures of pain disability have been demonstrated. 32,33 The BPS variable was independent variable in the regression analysis. To test the interaction effect between pain and depression or anxiety, a graded pain variable with 3 different levels was computed: high level of pain (0-30), medium level of pain , and low level of pain (71-100). ...
... It is applicable to a wide range of health conditions and treatments and it provides a single index value for health status (where a score of 1 represents "perfect health" and values below 0 represent states "worse than death") that can be used in clinical and economic evaluations of health care as well as in population health surveys [26]. Further, and more specific to the experience of chronic pain, dimensions of pain intensity, emotional distress, cognitive and functional adaptation, and social support were assessed using the Multidimensional Pain Inventory (MPI) [27]. In accordance with the procedure described by McKillop et al., two summary scores were used for the presentation of domain impairment and social support, MPI impairment (0-6, where high scores represent high perceived impairment) and MPI social support (0-6, where high scores represent high social support) [28]. ...
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