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Pain Scales Often Fail to Capture What ER Patients Feel

September 8, 2016

(Reuters) – Asking patients in the emergency room to rate their pain on a visual scale or to rank it from zero to 10 doesn’t really convey what the patient is feeling, suggests a study from Sweden. Pain scales currently used in the ER focus on pain intensity, and miss other important aspects like the type of pain or whether it changes with body position, and many patients don’t really understand what the extremes of the pain scales would feel like, researchers found.

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