pain scale

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pain scale

An assessment tool used to measure the intensity of a patient's discomfort.
See: Numerical Rating Scale; visual analog scale
See also: scale
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Sheffield, who is also a family practice doctor, said hospitals' pain scales fueled the fire of the opioid crisis.
Demographics were noted and pain score was recorded using three internationally validated pain scales; Verbal pain intensity scale, Visual analogue scale, and Numeric pain scale.
That shows a relevance of the pain management according to the score of different pain scales.
Accordingly, the current study was undertaken to evaluate the effect of a standardised extract of chamomile on pain control of cyclical mastalgia compared with placebo using standardised pain scales.
FLACC scores reported indicated a highly correlational relationship with the 0 to 10 and COMFORT pain scales values (p = 0.963 and p = 0.849) (VoepelLewis et al., 2010).
Pain scales are based on self-report and/or observational (behavioural) data.
In consequence, observational pain scales focusing upon nonverbal behaviors have emerged to provide comprehensive pain assessment of children [7], either in conjunction with self-report or when self-report is not available or unreliable [10].
Typical pain scales, such as visual analog or Likert type scales, are often impossible for these patients to use when reporting pain.