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Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 May 20;19(10):6256. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19106256.
In this study, we examined the psychometric properties of the Fear of Pain Questionnaire (FPQ-9) in Indigenous Australian people. FPQ-9, a shorter version of the original Fear of Pain Questionnaire-III, was developed to support the demand for more concise scales with faster administration time in the clinical and research environment. The psychometric properties of FPQ-9 in Indigenous Australian participants (n = 735) were evaluated with network psychometric data, such as dimensionality, model fit, internal consistency and reliability, measurement invariance, and criterion validity. Our findings indicated that the original FPQ-9 three-factor structure was a poor fit and did not adequately reflect pain-related anxiety in Indigenous Australian people. When removing two items that cross-loaded, a modified version Indigenous Australian Fear of Pain Questionnaire-7 (IA-FPQ-7) showed good fit and construct validity and reliability for assessing fear of pain in a sample of Indigenous Australian people . The IA-FPQ-7 scale could be used to better understand the role and impact of fear of pain in Indigenous Australian people with chronic pain. This could allow for more tailored and timely pain management interventions in Indigenous Australian communities.
PMID:35627793 | DOI: 10.3390/ijerph19106256