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Paediatr Anaesth. 1995;5(1):53-61.

CRIES: a new neonatal postoperative pain measurement score. Initial testing of validity and reliability.

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Department of Anesthesiology, University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Medicine 65212, USA.


We have developed a neonatal pain assessment tool CRIES. The tool is a ten point scale similar to the APGAR score (Apgar 1953). It is an acronym of five physiological and behavioural variables previously shown to be associated with neonatal pain. C--Crying; R--Requires increased oxygen administration; I--Increased vital signs; E--Expression; S--Sleeplessness. We have tested CRIES for validity and reliability. This report is the result of that testing. We have found CRIES to be valid, reliable and well accepted by neonatal nurses.

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