Wheelchair User’s Shoulder Pain Index (WUSPI)
Description: A measure of shoulder pain in wheelchair users .
Format: 15 visual analogue scales consisting of 10cm lines anchored by ‘no pain’ and ‘worst pain ever experienced’. Items assess intensity of shoulder pain during transfers, activities of daily living, and mobility performed from a wheelchair.
Scoring: Participants mark an ‘X’ on the line to describe their shoulder pain intensity during that activity. Responses are measured in centimeters and summed, with a maximum total raw score of 150.
Administration and Burden: Self-administered; Interviewer-administered; Approximately 5 minutes.
Psychometrics for SCI: The WUSPI has high internal consistency (Cronbach’s alpha = 0.98) and high test-retest reliability (ranging between 0.84 and 0.99) .
QoL Concept: The questionnaire measures Health Related Quality of Life (QoL) in relation to shoulder pain, which corresponds to Box C (achievements) of Dijker’s Model.
Permissions/Where to Obtain: Copyrighted; The WUSPI can be acquired by obtaining permission from Dr. Kathleen Curtis. Please contact Dr. Curtis directly.
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- Curtis KA, Roach KE, Brooks Applegate E, Benbow CS, Genecco TD, Gualano J. Development of the Wheelchair User’s Shoulder Pain Index (WUSPI). Paraplegia 1995;33:290-3.
- Curtis KA, Roach KE, Applegate EB, Amar T, Benbow CS, Genecco TD et al. Reliability and validity of the Wheelchair User’s Shoulder Pain Index (WUSPI). Paraplegia 1995;33:595-601.