PCPs and Other Providers Assisted by Neuropathic PainDETECT Questionnaire

The annual American Academy of Pain Management meeting this year saw an abstract evaluating the accuracy of a self-reported questionnaire called painDETECT. A score of 19 or more indicated that neuropathic pain “is likely with a greater than 90% probability.” The questionnaire has 2 versions, with either 9 or 7 items.

Over 600 patients, with a variety of neuropathic pain conditions from spinal cord injury, chronic low back pain, HIV, etc, were asked to take the questionnaire, which showed “that painDETECT is a useful screening measure for identifying neuropathic pain across a range of conditions.”

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