Background: The Brief Pain Inventory-Short Form (BPI-SF) and Revised Short-Form McGill Pain Questionnaire Version-2
(SF-MPQ-2) are generic pain assessment tools used in research and practice for pain assessment in musculoskeletal
(MSK) conditions. A comprehensive review that systematically analyses their measurement properties in MSK conditions
has not been performed. This review protocol describes the steps that will be taken to locate, critically appraise, compare
and summarize clinical measurement research on the BPI-SF and SF-MPQ-2 in pain-related MSK conditions.
Methods: Medline, EMBASE, CINAHL and Scopus will be searched for publications that examine the measurement
properties of the Brief Pain Inventory and Revised Short-Form McGill Pain Questionnaire Version-2. Two reviewers
will independently screen citations (title, abstract and full text) and extract relevant data. The extensiveness, rigor,
and quality of measurement property reports will be examined with a structured measurement studies appraisal tool,
and with the updated COnsensus-based Standards for the selection of health Measurement INstruments (COSMIN)
guidelines. Findings will be descriptively summarized, and when possible, a meta-analysis will be performed.
Discussion: This review will summarize and compare the current level of evidence on the measurement properties of the
BPI-SF and SF-MPQ-2 in a spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions. We expect clinicians/researchers dealing with MSK
conditions to have synthesized evidence that informs their decision making and preferences. In addition, the review hopes
to identify gaps and determine priorities for future research with or on the BPI-SF and SF-MPQ-2 in MSK conditions.
Level of evidence: Not Applicable