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Research 2013-2014: "Development and psychometric evaluation of the Musculoskeletal Pain Intensity and Interference Questionnaire for professional orchestra Musicians (MPIIQM)".
The Performing Arts Medicine literature has grown substantially since 1980, and several prevalence studies on the topic of playing-related musculoskeletal disorders (PRMDs) affecting musicians have been carried out around the world among professional orchestra musicians. Very few of these prevalence studies have used existing validated questionnaires measuring musculoskeletal pain and, when did, no attempt was made to evaluate or confirm the validity and reliability of these instruments in a population of musicians.

The main aim of this study was to develop a questionnaire, designed specifically for professional musicians, that could be used to measure pain and its impact on playing a musical instrument. A second aim of the study was to gain an insight on the extent of muscle and joint problems among professional musicians from three major orchestras in Scotland, i.e. the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

The questionnaire was named the Musculoskeletal Pain Intensity and Interference Questionnaire for Musicians (MPIIQM). The study was completed in August 2013, was published online in June 2014, and in the journal Manual Therapy in December 2014. You can also find it in the "Publications" section of this website by clicking here.

The MPIIQM is now available as a User Guide with the full version of the questionnaire. You can download it from this website. Click here to download.

You can also read and/or download an abstract or a poster of the study. Click here to view the abstract.Click here to view the poster.

Prevalence of pain among orchestra musicians in Scotland - 2016 publication.
The prevalence rates of Playing-Related Musculoskeletal Problems (PRMPs) among professional orchestra musicians in Scotland, using the Musculoskeletal Pain Intensity and Interference Questionnaire for Musicians (MPIIQM), are now available. The full published article is available here. You can also download a conference poster which summarises the main prevalence results of the study.




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