“Pain is what the patient says it is” has been a big proponent to improve interventions for pain management. But how are we assessing patients’ pain? They have been asked to provide us with a number to rate their pain but what do these numbers mean to the patient? Do they rate according to pain they have experienced in the past or is it based off what they imagine the pain could be? Have we ever distinguished patient preference between unidimensional and multidimensional pain assessment? The use of unidimensional pain assessment the Numerical rating scale (NRS) has been used primarily since the encouragement of pain assessment by the Joint Commission implementing “pain as the fifth vital sign” initiative (Scherr, 2018).
Date of publication
MSN Capstone Project
Caspersen, Allison, "Are Current Pain Assessments Adequate?" (2021). MSN Capstone Projects. Paper 162.