Pain drawing

Dealing with pain and Pain drawing

LASA filenames:
LASA188 (wave E)

Contact: Natasja van Schoor


The pain drawing was assessed twice in the first cohort of the study. One time in the medical interview of the E-cycle, and one time in a postal questionnaire in 2001/2002.

Measurement instruments in LASA

The pain drawing is based on the study of Bergenudd and Johnell (1). First, a question about pain in the previous 3 months (no/yes) was asked. In case the response was “yes”, the respondent was asked to give information about the location and type of pain in two pain drawings of the front and backside of the body.

The data are entered twice, but inconsistencies are not yet checked. At this time point there are no researchers working with the pain drawing.

Questionnaires (pain drawing)

LASAE188 (question K19 in medical interview, in Dutch)

Variable information (pain drawing)

(variable (e)mpain19, pdf)

Availability of information per wave


Dealing with pain
Pain drawing

¹ More information about the data collection waves is available here.

* 2B=baseline second cohort;
3B=baseline third cohort;
MB=migrants: baseline first cohort

Me=data was collected in medical interview

Previous use in LASA



  1. Bergenudd H, Johnell O. Somatic versus nonsomatic shoulder and back pain experience in middle age in relation to body build, physical fitness, bone mineral content, gamma-glutamyltransferase, occupational workload, and psychosocial factors. Spine 1991; 16(9):1051-5.


Pain drawing (pdf)

Dealing with pain: Documentation in  preparation

Date of last update: July 31, 2015