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Measuring aspects of chronic pain and identifying subgroups for tailored treatment

Period: Jan 16, 2021 - Jan 16, 2021
Status: laufend

Pain-related fear has typically been measured via self-report instruments with limited use for treatment and prediction of treatment success. In a series of studies, we developed and validated a Behavioral Avoidance Test (BAT-Back) for chronic low back pain (CLBP) patients in order to assess pain-related avoidance behavior via direct observation. We also aime at providing cut-off scores in order to identify individuals who might benefit from exposure treatment for pain. 

Additionally, we translated and validated questionnaires relevant for measuring avoidance behavior into German.

Project partner

Geert Crombez, Ghent University


University of Marburg Research Funds



Sielski R., Glombiewski J.A., Rief W., Crombez G., Barke A. (2017). Cross-cultural adaptation of the German Pain Solutions Questionnaire: an instrument to measure assimilative and accommodative coping in response to chronic pain. Journal of Pain Reserch, 10, 1437-1446.

Holzapfel, S., Riecke, J., Rief, W., Schneider, J., & Glombiewski, J. A. (2016). Development and Validation of the Behavioral Avoidance Test – Back pain (BAT-Back) for Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 32 (11), 940-947.

Riecke, J., Holzapfel, S., Rief, W., Lachnit, H., & Glombiewski, J. A. (2016). Cross-cultural adaption of the German Quebec Back Pain Disability Scale: An exposure-specific measurement for back pain patients. Journal of Pain Research, 9(0), 9-15.

Barke, A., Riecke, J., Rief, W., & Glombiewski, J. A. (2015). The Psychological Inflexibility in Pain Scale (PIPS) – validation, factor structure and comparison to the Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire (CPAQ) and other validated measures in German chronic back pain patients. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders (Online Journal), 16(171), 1-10.

Hartwich-Tersek, J., Glombiewski, J. A., Krumm, S., & Rief, W. (2009). Faktorstruktur und Validität des Inventars zur Erfassung von Kausal- und Kontrollattribution chronischer Schmerzpatienten (KAUKON). Zeitschrift für Klinische Diagnostik und Evaluation, 2(4), 247–270.