Validation of the University of California San Francisco Oral Cancer Pain Questionnaire

Antonia Kolokythas, S. Thaddeus Connelly, Brian L. Schmidt

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to validate the published University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Oral Cancer Pain Questionnaire. To test for validity of the questionnaire, 16 patients with oral cancer completed the 8-item questionnaire immediately before and after treatment (surgical resection) of their oral cancer. For all 8 questions, the difference between mean preoperative and mean postoperative responses were statistically significant (P < .05), confirming the validity of the questionnaire to measure oral cancer pain. Internal consistency of the questionnaire was evaluated by using Cronbach's α, which provides an estimate of reliability based on all correlations between the items (questions) of the instrument (questionnaire). In the oral cancer pain questionnaire, questions 1, 3, and 5 evaluate the intensity, sharpness, and throbbing nature of pain when the patient is not engaged in oral function (talking, eating, and drinking). Questions 2, 4, and 6 measure the intensity, sharpness, and throbbing nature of pain during oral function. Cronbach's α for questions 1, 3, and 5 is 0.87 and Cronbach's α for questions 2, 4, and 6 is 0.94; values greater than 0.7 indicate reliability. In this study, we have validated the UCSF Oral Cancer Pain Questionnaire as an effective tool in quantifying pain from oral cancer. Perspective: The study validates an oral cancer pain questionnaire. The questionnaire can be used to reliably measure pain levels before and after surgical resection in patients with oral cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)950-953
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pain
Volume8
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2007

Keywords

  • Oral cancer
  • cancer pain
  • quality of life
  • questionnaire
  • validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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