Aim: The aim was to describe the effect of a multidisciplinary pain management program, in terms of patientreported
occupational performance and satisfaction with performance.
Methods: The study is a retrospective, case series study. Data from interviews documented routinely in patient medical
records were used. Interviews were made at introduction, on conclusion and six months after a pain management program.
Data from all participants (n=85) introduced during one year, were analysed. The Canadian Occupational Performance
Measure (COPM) was used as the main outcome measure.
Results: Estimated occupational performance as well as satisfaction with performance improved between measures
(occupational performance p<0.001; satisfaction with performance p<0.001). The percentage of participants, who
improved two or more points on the COPM ten-point scale between baseline and the 6-month follow up, was 27% for
occupational performance and 40% for satisfaction with performance.
Conclusion: The findings raise questions regarding what the team might learn from different ways of scrutinizing results;
the relevant level of MID in this program; and the overall objective in terms of the proportion of clients who reported a
‘successful’ outcome in occupational performance and satisfaction with performance, based on the identified MID. These
questions need to be further analysed and discussed within the professional team.