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Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2018 Dec 1;22(6):643-648. doi: 10.1188/18.CJON.643-648.

Pain Assessment: Use of the Defense and Veterans Pain Rating Scale in Patients With Cancer.

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1
Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.
2
Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.
3
Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute at Ohio State University in Columbus.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Thorough, consistent pain assessment and reassessment are critical to guide and evaluate interventions designed to improve pain.

OBJECTIVES:

Based on a literature review about functional pain assessment, clinicians selected and then implemented the Defense and Veterans Pain Rating Scale (DVPRS) as a pain assessment instrument option in a comprehensive cancer center.

METHODS:

The DVPRS was added as a pain assessment instrument in clinical oncology practice. From postimplementation chart review and clinician satisfaction surveys, the DVPRS was evaluated for the following.

FINDINGS:

Seventy-eight percent of nurses surveyed (N = 64) preferred the DVPRS over any other pain assessment tool. Inpatient and ambulatory patients surveyed (N = 144) agreed that a Likert-type scale in the DVPRS was easier to understand, easier to use, and better in describing their pain than the numeric rating scale.

KEYWORDS:

Defense and Veterans Pain Rating Scale; cancer; functional status; pain; pain assessment

PMID:
30451995
DOI:
10.1188/18.CJON.643-648
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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