December 10, 2018

New pain evaluation tool described

Researchers from Portugal have described a new tool to evaluate pain in people with haemophilia (PLoS One 2018 Nov 28;13(11):e0207939. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0207939). The Multidimensional Haemophilia Pain Questionnaire (MHPQ) is a questionnaire that obtains information about pain characteristics (location, duration, frequency, triggering factors, intensity), its daily impact, management and satisfaction with treatment. It can distinguish between acute and chronic pain.

Evaluation in 104 patients found that 79% reported experiencing haemophilia-related pain in the preceding year. The authors say the MHPQ can help guide treatment recommendations by highlighting relevant topics and contributing to more effective, integrated treatments.