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Test to predict your likelihood of having persistent pain symptoms

Take our 1 minute test.

This quick questionnaire will help you identify how likely your pain is to persist over the next year and whether you may need some extra support.  It has been developed by a team of experts from Keele University and has been shown to be very useful for people with pain and health professionals working with them.

Try out the questionnaire for yourself to see how you score.  It will also be useful to retake the questionnaire after you have learned more key facts about pain, either from this website or from a health professional, to re-assess in time whether your back problem is improving.


Thinking about the last 2 weeks, select your response to the following questions:

My pain has spread in the last 2 weeks
In addition to my main pain, I have had pain elsewhere in the last 2 weeks
In the last 2 weeks, I have only walked short distances because of my pain
In the last 2 weeks, I have dressed more slowly than usual because of pain
It’s not really safe for a person with a condition like mine to be physically active
Worrying thoughts have been going through my mind a lot of the time in the last 2 weeks
I feel that my pain is terrible and that it’s never going to get any better
In general in the last 2 weeks, I have not enjoyed all the things I used to enjoy

Overall, how bothersome has your pain been in the last 2 weeks?

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