The Dutch version of the McGill Pain Questionnaire was composed mainly by following R. Melzack's methodological design. The recommendations of the Finnish research team were considered and integrated. In the first phase as wide an inventory of pain descriptions as possible was drawn up. In the second phase, these pain descriptions were categorized by pain experts and students according to quality aspects. In the third phase the pain descriptions were judged according to intensity aspect as well by pain experts, by students and by pain patients. Finally a fourth phase was set up to obtain insight into the reliability and validity of the McGill Pain Questionnaire - Dutch Version (MPQ-DV).
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