The McGill pain questionnaire

Carlos Lázaro Alcay, J. E. Baños, R. Torrubia

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Multidimensional questionnaires permit to overcome some limitations that are common to unidimensional tools in the evaluation of pain. Among them McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ) has been the most useful. It was developed in this Canadian university in the 1970s by the psychologist R. Melzack. MPQ has three categories, emotional, sensorial and evaluative, and a list of descriptors which permits a easier pain description by patients than the obtained by traditional methods, such as visual analogue, verbal or numerical scales. MPQ has been validated in several languages. The most known in Spanish is the McGill Pain Questionnaire-Spanish Version, that has been widely use by its adequate psychometric properties. In this review, we will report the characteristics of both instruments as well as its usefulness to evaluate pain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-77
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2007


  • McGill Pain Questionnaire
  • Pain assessment
  • Psychometric properties MPQ


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