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The Measurement of Pain

The Measurement of Pain The Pain Clinic CAROL A WARFIELD, M.D., Editor ORION C. WHITAKER and CAROL A. WARFIELD Haroard University Quantification of a patient's It should be reproducible so measurement is done to deter­ condition has been a major part mine the amount of pain related that errors in measurement are of medicine. Blood pressure. small in comparison to changes to a disease process and to hematocrit, and serum sodium in pain. A measurement should assess the worsening or allevia­ can be readily determined. Yet be valid. that is, it should mea­ tion of the pain by treatment. pain, the reason many patients sure the true variable we desire. Experimental pain measure­ seek medical care. has been dif­ Unfortunately. where pain is ment involves inducing pain in ficult to define and quantify. involved. there is little agree­ volunteers and determining Pain is both a physical and ment as to what the true vari­ their reaction to it. Experimen­ psychologic phenomenon. Re­ tal measurement has been help­ able is. Presumably. a valid mea­ ceptors to pain. nociceptors. re­ surement would be free from ful in providing insight into the spond to actual or potential tis­ interference from extraneous nature of pain experience. sue http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hospital Practice Taylor & Francis

The Measurement of Pain

Hospital Practice , Volume 23 (2): 8 – Feb 15, 1988

The Measurement of Pain

Hospital Practice , Volume 23 (2): 8 – Feb 15, 1988

Abstract

The Pain Clinic CAROL A WARFIELD, M.D., Editor ORION C. WHITAKER and CAROL A. WARFIELD Haroard University Quantification of a patient's It should be reproducible so measurement is done to deter­ condition has been a major part mine the amount of pain related that errors in measurement are of medicine. Blood pressure. small in comparison to changes to a disease process and to hematocrit, and serum sodium in pain. A measurement should assess the worsening or allevia­ can be readily determined. Yet be valid. that is, it should mea­ tion of the pain by treatment. pain, the reason many patients sure the true variable we desire. Experimental pain measure­ seek medical care. has been dif­ Unfortunately. where pain is ment involves inducing pain in ficult to define and quantify. involved. there is little agree­ volunteers and determining Pain is both a physical and ment as to what the true vari­ their reaction to it. Experimen­ psychologic phenomenon. Re­ tal measurement has been help­ able is. Presumably. a valid mea­ ceptors to pain. nociceptors. re­ surement would be free from ful in providing insight into the spond to actual or potential tis­ interference from extraneous nature of pain experience. sue

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 1988 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
2377-1003
DOI
10.1080/21548331.1988.11703421
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Abstract

The Pain Clinic CAROL A WARFIELD, M.D., Editor ORION C. WHITAKER and CAROL A. WARFIELD Haroard University Quantification of a patient's It should be reproducible so measurement is done to deter­ condition has been a major part mine the amount of pain related that errors in measurement are of medicine. Blood pressure. small in comparison to changes to a disease process and to hematocrit, and serum sodium in pain. A measurement should assess the worsening or allevia­ can be readily determined. Yet be valid. that is, it should mea­ tion of the pain by treatment. pain, the reason many patients sure the true variable we desire. Experimental pain measure­ seek medical care. has been dif­ Unfortunately. where pain is ment involves inducing pain in ficult to define and quantify. involved. there is little agree­ volunteers and determining Pain is both a physical and ment as to what the true vari­ their reaction to it. Experimen­ psychologic phenomenon. Re­ tal measurement has been help­ able is. Presumably. a valid mea­ ceptors to pain. nociceptors. re­ surement would be free from ful in providing insight into the spond to actual or potential tis­ interference from extraneous nature of pain experience. sue

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Hospital PracticeTaylor & Francis

Published: Feb 15, 1988

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