Multidimensional Pain Inventory – SCI Version (MPI-SCI)
Description: A spinal cord injury version of the MPI  that assesses the severity and impact of chronic pain, emotional and physical adaptation to persistent pain, and social support.
Format: 60 items ; 50 items  It consists of 3 sections: (1) Pain Impact, (2) Responses by Significant Others, and (3) Activities. The sections are separated into 12 sub-scales.
Eight of the 12 sub-scales measure cognitive, affective, social, and behavioural responses: Pain Severity (PS); Life Interference (LI); Life Control (LC); Affective Distress (AD); Support (S); Negative Responses (NR); Solicitous Responses (SR); and Distracting Responses (DR). The remaining sub-scales assess the degree of participation in various types of daily activities, and are often combined into a single General Activity (GA) scale.
Scoring: Each item is scored on a 7-point scale. Scale scores are computed by summing over all items and then the mean is composed based on the number of scale items. It is not possible to obtain a total score.
Administration and Burden: Interviewer-administered; Self-administered; Proxy-administered. Approximately 15-20 minutes.
Psychometrics for SCI: The internal consistency of the MPI-SCI sub-scales ranged from fair (.60) for affective distress to substantial (.94) for pain interference with activities. With the exception of the support and life control sub-scales, all others showed adequate test-retest reliability .
QoL Concept: The MPI-SCI measures impact of pain on activities of daily living, which corresponds to Boxes C (achievements; activities of daily living) and E (subjective evaluations and reactions) of Dijker’s Model.
Permissions/Where to Obtain: Copyrighted; Please contact Dr. Eva Widerström-Noga at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis to get details on how to obtain the MPI-SCI.
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