The pain catastrophising scale

Pedler, Ashley (2010) The pain catastrophising scale. Journal of Physiotherapy, 56 2: 137-137. doi:10.1016/S1836-9553(10)70047-3

Author Pedler, Ashley
Title The pain catastrophising scale
Journal name Journal of Physiotherapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1836-9553
Publication date 2010-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S1836-9553(10)70047-3
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 56
Issue 2
Start page 137
End page 137
Total pages 1
Place of publication Chatswood, NSW, Australia
Publisher Elsevier Australia
Language eng
Subject 3612 Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
Formatted abstract
Description: The Pain Catastrophising Scale (PCS) (Sullivan et al 1995) consists of 13 items related to thoughts and feelings about pain. Patients are instructed to rate the degree to which they experience each item when they are in pain on a five-point scale. Responses range from 0 (‘Not at all’) to 4 (‘All the time’). Items are summed to give a total PCS score. Subscale scores of rumination, magnification, and helplessness can also be calculated. It is readily available from websites (eg,

Commentary: Catastrophisation is defined as an elevated negative cognitive response to painful stimuli (Sullivan et al 1995). There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that catastrophisation contributes significantly to the development of ongoing pain and disability, particularly in musculoskeletal pain patients (Smeets et al 2006)...
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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