Family Pain Questionnaire (FPQ)


Author of Tool: 

Ferrell, B. R., Rhiner, M., Rivera, L. M.

Key references: 

Ferrell, B. R., Rhiner, M., Rivera, L. M. (1993). Development and Evaluation of the Family Pain
Questionnaire. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 10(4):21-35.

Ferrell, B. R, Ferrell, B., Rhiner, M., Grant, M. (1991). Family Factors Influencing Cancer Pain. Post
Graduate Medical Journal, 67 (Suppl 2), 64-69.

Ferrell, B. R., Rhiner, M., Shapiro, B., Strause, L. (1994). The Family Experience of Cancer Pain
Management in Children. Cancer Practice, 2(6), 441-446.

Primary use / Purpose: 

The Family Pain Questionnaire (FPQ) is a 16-item ordinal inventory. Its purpose is to measure the knowledge and experience of pain in family caregivers treating chronic cancer pain.


Chronic pain is recognised as a significant barrier to wellbeing in those suffering from cancer. The family has also been highlighted as playing a crucial role in helping patients deal with their pain. The Family Pain Questionnaire (FPQ) is intended to shed some light on the family caregivers experience and knowledge of pain. This information can be used in conjunction with the Patient Pain Questionnaire (PPQ) to gain a clearer understanding of how perceptions of pain by patient and caregiver interact and/or even predict adjustment to pain. The questionnaire can be used in clinical practice or research.


The psychometric properties of the Family Pain Questionnaire (FPQ) are discussed in Ferrell, B. R., Rhiner, M., & Rivera, L. M. (1993) and also briefly in the introduction to the Instrument attached below.



PDF iconFamily Pain Questionnaire (FPQ)

Web link to tool: 

City of Hope Pain & Palliative Care Resource Center

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