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Pain Res Manag. 2006 Autumn;11(3):157-62.

Children's self-reports of pain intensity: scale selection, limitations and interpretation.

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Department of Psychology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. carl.vonbaeyer@usask.ca

Abstract

Most children aged five years and older can provide meaningful self-reports of pain intensity if they are provided with age-appropriate tools and training. Self-reports of pain intensity are an oversimplification of the complexity of the experience of pain, but one that is necessary to evaluate and titrate pain-relieving treatments. There are many sources of bias and error in self-reports of pain, so ratings need to be interpreted in light of information from other sources such as direct observation of behaviour, knowledge of the circumstances of the pain and parents' reports. The pain intensity scales most commonly used with children - faces scales, numerical rating scales, visual analogue scales and others - are briefly introduced. The selection, limitations and interpretation of self-report scales are discussed.

PMID:
16960632
PMCID:
PMC2539005
DOI:
10.1155/2006/197616
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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