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Spinal Cord Injury - Quality of Life Pain Interference [Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System Pain Interference]

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Assess self-reported consequences of pain on everyday life.

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Instrument Details

Acronym SCI-QOL Pain Interference [PROMIS – PI]

Area of Assessment

Quality of Life

Assessment Type

Patient Reported Outcomes

Administration Mode





  • Arthritis + Joint Conditions
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Spinal Cord Injury


Key Descriptions

  • The SCI-QOL Pain Interference measure is an item response theory (IRT)-calibrated item bank with 40 items that is available for administration as a computer adaptive test (CAT; range 4-12 items) or 4, 6, or 8 item adult short form (SF). All items were drawn from the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS).

Number of Items


Short form: 4, 6, or 8

CAT: 4-12

Equipment Required

  • The short form requires the form and a pencil. A CAT administration requires a computer with internet connection Access to the CATs through Assessment Center, is available through

Time to Administer

Less than 5 minutes

Required Training

Reading an Article/Manual

Age Ranges


6 - 12



13 - 17



18 - 64


Instrument Reviewers

Review completed by Kelsey Stipp, M.S. and Kristian Nitsch, M.S.

ICF Domain

Body Function

Measurement Domain

General Health


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Spinal Injuries

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Normative Data

General Population: The normative data are calibrated on the PROMIS sample which matches the demographics of the 2000 U.S. Census. (Amtmann et al., 2010; n = 19,601, heart disease (n = 1,156), cancer (n = 1,754), rheumatoid arthritis (n = 557), osteoarthritis (n = 918), psychiatric illness (n = 1,193), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (n = 1,214), spinal cord injury (n = 531), other conditions (n = 560)).

Criterion Validity (Predictive/Concurrent)

General Population: (Amtmann et al., 2010)

  • Excellent concurrent validity with greater number of chronic conditions, number of disabling conditions and decreases in overall health (all probabilities <0.00001).

Construct Validity

General Population: (Amtmann et al., 2010)

  • Adequate convergent validity with other measures of pain interference (BPI Intereference Scale ρ = 0.9 and SF-36 Bodily Pain Subscale ρ = -0.84)

Face Validity

General Population:  (Amtmann et al., 2010)

  • Excellent NNFI/TLI = 0.997


Amtmann, D., Cook, K. F., Jensen, M. P., Chen, W., Choi, S., Revicki, D., Cella, D., Rothrock, N., Keefe, F., & Callahan, L. (2010). Development of A PROMIS Item Bank to Measure Pain Interference. Pain, 150(1), 173-182 Find it on PubMed