To Treat Pain, Look at More Than the 1-10 Scale

Source: University of Washington

Summary: Researchers found that an in-depth questionnaire can help immensely. Their work to create a pain assessment adaptable to any primary care clinic.

Has different questions

PainTracker is an online assessment tool to help guide doctors to find the best treatment plan. Credit: University of Washington Center for Pain Relief

Prof. and Co-author Mark Sullivan said, “PainTracker provides a richer picture of patients’ responses to chronic pain treatments than the 0-10 pain rating scale.”

More Information: Dale J. Langford et al, “Treat the Patient, Not the Pain: Using a Multidimensional Assessment Tool to Facilitate Patient-Centered Chronic Pain Care”, Journal of General Internal Medicine (2018).

DOI: 10.1007/s11606-018-4456-0 

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