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Intended purpose of the Pain Scale for Patients™

Pain takes a huge toll on individuals, families and society.

Suffering patients would love to have their pain go away quickly yet, in reality, that is rarely what happens. Instead, improvements can seem slow in coming and may depend on trying different treatment options as well as possibly exploring new factors like social or physical changes or, perhaps, exercises to heighten spirituality.

This web-based Pain Scale for Patients™ makes it possible for patients to monitor their own progress as they explore different options to try to reduce their suffering. It is intended to be used at times in between doctors' visits and so to provide more detailed information about what is working and what isn't.

Pain is so basic to the human condition that some experts have suggested that it should be measured as if it were one of our basic indicators of health - like our weight, blood pressure, heartbeat and temperature. Most patients can readily measure these other important indicators of health. Now it is possible for patients to measure their own pain levels, note the readings and the associated key circumstances and then keep a record for themselves in their own private file.

By monitoring your progress in pain management, your information should be very helpful for your doctor as she seeks to prescribe the most effective treatment for your condition.


The Principle Behind The Pain Scale for Patients™

The Pain Scale for Patients™was created by modifying the Pain Scale for Professionals™,a mechanical device that is widely used by pain experts. It is based on the principle of a visual analogue scale, a rating method that has been scientifically validated in decades of clinical and experimental studies on pain . (See references).

We believe that our Pain Scale for Patients™ offers the best possible way for patients to rate pain and monitor the effects of pain treatment.

Other methods of rating pain are relatively insensitive and simply do not compare in the level of accuracy they offer. Some are oversimplified faces and others focus directly on numbers.

In simple terms, we believe that you can't measure right brain experiences (such as pain) using a left-brain instrument - like directly estimating numbers.


If your doctor has not seen similar records presented by other patients before, please refer her to the research that validates the principle used in this online tool.





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