Vanderbilt Pain Management Inventory

1  General Information

Instrument TitleVanderbilt Pain Management Inventory
Description

The Vanderbilt Pain Management Inventory (VPMI) is an 18-item, self-report measure that assesses how often chronic pain patients use active (7 items) or passive (11 items) coping strategies when their pain reaches a moderate or greater level of intensity.

2  History

Contributor
Author(s):Brown, G.K., & Nicassio, P.M.
Year Created:1987

3  Cost

CostNo

4  Classification

Domain

5  Instrument Details

How to access

The Vanderbilt Pain Management Inventory can be accessed through the following article:

Esteve, M.R., Ramirez, C., Lopez, A.E. (2005). General versus specific indices in the assessment of chronic pain coping. Psychology in Spain, 9(1), 49-56.

Sample Question(s)

Respondents are instructed to rate the frequency with which they use the strategies when their pain reaches a moderate or greater level of intensity by circling the number on a 5-point scale which best describes their pain management.

1. When you are in pain, do you wish the doctor has prescribed you stronger medicine?
Response:
1 = Never do when in pain
2 = Rarely do when in pain
3 = Occasionally do when in pain
4 = Frequently do when in pain
5 = Very frequently do when in pain

12. Doing physical exercise.
Response:
1 = never do when in pain
2 = rarely do when in pain
3 = occasionally do when in pain
4 = frequently do when in pain
5 = very frequently do when in pain.

Revision Year
Number of Items18
Mode of Administrationself
Reliability and Validity References
  1. Brown, G.K.,Nicassio, P.M. (1987). Development of a questionnaire for the assessment of active and passive coping strategies in chronic pain patients. Pain, 31, 53-64.
  2. Esteve, M.R., Ramirez, C., Lopez, A.E. (2005). General versus specific indicies in the assessment of chronic pain coping. Psychology in Spain, 9(1), 49-56.
Example CAM Evaluation References
  1. Bell, I.R., Lewis, D.A II., Lewis, S.E., Brooks, A.J., Schwartz, G.E., Baldwin, C.M. (2004). Strength of vital force in classical homeopathy: bio-psycho-social-spiritual correlates within a complex systems context. Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 10(1), 123-31.
Target Age Groupnot specified
Target Population

Chronic pain.

(The pain management inventory (PMI) is intended for use with patients with definite or classic rheumatoid arthritis.)

Time to Administer

5-10 minutes

Time Period Assessed

Not specified

Translations Available

This outcome measure has been translated into the following languages:

Spanish

Esteve, R., López, A.E., Ramírez, C. (1999). Evaluación de estrategias de afrontamiento al dolor crónico. Revista de Psicología de la Salud, 11, 77-102.

 

6  Additional Information

Additional Comments

There is also a Pain Management Inventory (PMI) developed by Davis and Atwood (1985). The PMI is a clinical index of pain management methods designed to assess specific methods that an individual is currently using for arthritis pain management and the perceived helpfulness of these methods.

Other References:

  1. Davis, G.C., Atwood, J.R. (1995). The development of the Pain Management Inventory for patient with arthritis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 24(2), 236-43.

Vanderbilt Pain Management Inventory

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