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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 61-70

Challenges in pain assessment: Pain intensity scales

1 Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Moradabad Educational Trust, Group of Institutions, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry,S. D. College of Pharmacy and Vocational Studies, Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Laxmi Tripathi
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, S.D. College of Pharmacy and Vocational Studies, Bhopa Road, Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh - 251 001
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-5333.132841

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Pain assessment remains a challenge to medical professionals and received much attention over the past decade. Effective management of pain remains an important indicator of the quality of care provided to patients. Pain scales are useful for clinically assessing how intensely patients are feeling pain and for monitoring the effectiveness of treatments at different points in time. A number of questionnaires have been developed to assess chronic pain. They are mainly used as research tools to assess the effect of a treatment in a clinical trial but may be used in specialist pain clinics. This review comprises the basic information of pain intensity scales and questionnaires. Various pain assessment tools are summarized. Pain assessment and management protocols are also highlighted.

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