Conflict of interest: none.
Original Clinical Article
Construct validity of an instrument to measure neuropathic pain in women with bladder pain syndrome†
Article first published online: 12 SEP 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Neurourology and Urodynamics
Volume 32, Issue 5, pages 424–427, June 2013
How to Cite
Arya, L. A., Harvie, H. S., Andy, U. U., Cory, L., Propert, K. J. and Whitmore, K. (2013), Construct validity of an instrument to measure neuropathic pain in women with bladder pain syndrome. Neurourol. Urodyn., 32: 424–427. doi: 10.1002/nau.22314
- Issue published online: 18 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 12 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Received: 2 AUG 2012
- neuropathic pain;
- irritable bowel syndrome;
To determine the construct validity of an instrument to measure neuropathic pain in women with bladder pain syndrome (BPS). Our hypothesis is that neuropathic, bladder, and bowel pain represent different constructs in women with BPS.
Secondary planned analysis of a prospective cross-sectional study of 150 women with BPS. The relationship between neuropathic pain, urinary, and bowel symptoms was assessed.
The correlation of the total neuropathic pain score with total urinary and bowel symptom scores was low to moderate (r = 0.28–0.49). The correlation of specific neuropathic pain items with bladder and bowel pain was also low to moderate (r = 0.12–0.36). Women with neuropathic pain had significantly higher scores for urinary urgency, bladder pain, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation than women with non-neuropathic pain (all P < 0.0001).
Somatosensory neuropathic pain and “visceral” bladder and bowel pain represent separate but related constructs in women with BPS. Neurourol. Urodynam. 32: 424–427, 2013. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.