Have you ever been to the doctor’s office (or ER, etc.) for something and been asked to rate your pain on a scale from 1 to 10? This is called the pain scale. It is used by a lot of health professionals to try to gauge how severe a patient’s symptoms are. However, if you’ve ever been forced to use the pain scale, you may have noticed some of its inadequacies. For starters, it’s incredibly subjective. What I rate as a 5, somebody else may rate as a 7 or 3. Most people will go off of the type of pain they’ve experienced, and we haven’t all had the same experiences. Secondly, it only captures how you’re feeling right then – which, depending on the reason for your visit, is sometimes fine and sometimes not. Thirdly, I just don’t feel like it conveys enough information to be incredibly useful. Perhaps there are some different ways we can look at pain or different questions we can ask to get a better read on a patient’s condition.
|*Example diagram showing multiple qualitative measures of pain|
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