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Title: Assessing pain intensity following spinal cord injury: should rating scales measure ‘overall’ or ‘maximal’ values?
Authors: Frank, AO
Spyridonis, F
Ghinea, G
Keywords: Clinical significance;Comparison study;Pain assessment;Rating scales;Rehabilitation;Spinal cord injury
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
Citation: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 2014
Abstract: Rating scales (RSs) are important for the assessment of pain intensity (PI) following a spinal cord injury (SCI). Using a Graphic Rating Scale, this pilot study measured an ‘overall’ level of PI repeated about every 2 h over 1 day and compared it with maximal PI scores reported previously. Patients were categorized into severity groups according to the overall Graphic Rating Scale score at initial assessment (T0). Eight men and six women (mean age 53.1; range 28–75) participated. Comparison of the overall PI scores and their changes over time with the maximal PI scores reported previously showed loss of patients in the severe group and less pronounced PI changes over time. Rating scales used in spinal cord injury services should measure maximal pain experienced ‘right now’ to eliminate potential averaging out of pain over time, which might allow physicians to assist patients in understanding their pain and begin their adjustment.
ISSN: 0342-5282
Appears in Collections:Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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