Numerical Rating Scale


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Numerical Rating Scale

, Numeric Rating Scale. Abbreviation: NRS
A variation of the visual analog scale that uses a scalar numbering system to objectify a patient’s pain. Most numeric rating scales use a 10-cm line with tick marks spaced 1 cm apart. The leftmost mark is labeled “0” and has the notation “No Pain.” The rightmost mark is labeled “10” and the notation “Worst pain imaginable.” The patient is asked to indicate where on the continuum he or she would rate the current intensity of pain.
See also: scale
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Captions: FIGURE 1: Correlation between pain scores and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) levels of serotonin and glycine as measured by numerical rating scale (NRS): (a) CSF serotonin levels (Spearman's coefficient: r = -0.217; p = 0.04); (b) CSF glycine levels (Spearman's coefficient: r = 0.415; p < 0.001).
Numerical Rating Scale (NRS): Instruct the patient to choose a number from 0 to 10 that best describes their current pain.0 would mean 'No pain' and 10 would mean 'Worst possible pain'.
A Numerical Rating Scale (NRS) was also employed to record level of function or activity before and after treatment.
Minimal clinically important changes in chronic musculoskeletal pain intensity measured on a numerical rating scale. Eur J Pain 2004;8:283-91.
We used the mean numerical rating scale (NRS) for dysmenorrhea and the Mansfield-Voda-Jorgensen menstrual bleeding scale (MVJ) for menorrhagia before and after the treatment.
The numerical rating scale was from 0 to 10, with 0 representing none, 5 representing moderate, and 10 representing worst possible fatigue.
Pain was measured during the first 7 days, and at Weeks 1 and 3, with the Numerical Rating Scale scored from 0 (no pain) to 10 (worst pain possible), with a between-group difference of 1 unit considered clinically important.
The three most valid and accepted pain scales - the visual analogue scale, numerical rating scale and the pain diagram--were commonly used.
During each field trip, a checklist or numerical rating scale is especially useful where much of the assessment depends on field observations rather than testing (Table 2).
Participants were asked to rate the patient's pain intensity level on a numerical rating scale and select a dosage of pain medication from a range of choices.
Visual analogue scale (VAS) has been used to assess postoperative pain in dogs, as well as a numerical rating scale used to account for changes in physiologic and behavioral responses.
The Verbal Rating Scale (VRS), Numerical Rating Scale (NRS), Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), and Faces of Pain Scale (FPS) are suitable for interpreting the intensity of pain and may be easily integrated into documentation processes in acute environments.

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