Index to Chiropractic Literature
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ID 19583
  Title Tools for the assessment of pain in chiropractic practice
Journal JACA Online. 2007 Jul;44(5):Online access only p 18-22
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article
Abstract/Notes The article discusses pros and cons of current pain assessment tools, including their subjectivity/objectivity.
Excerpt: Measures of pain and function are the most commonly utilized survey outcome measures (OMs­) in chiropractic practice. They are also frequently used in spine-related research because these are valid and reliable instruments (questionnaires) that quantify the constructs of pain and function reproducibly. Instruments that measure pain typically ask patients to mark down their perceived level of pain on a scale ranging from no pain to severe pain. Numerical scales may range from 0 to 10 or 0 to 100 or patients may be asked to place a mark representing their pain level on a 100-mm line.

Valid and reliable OMs are necessary, in both the clinical and research settings, because they enable the doctor or researcher to accurately monitor change in a patient’s condition. Casual methods of tracking pain, such as, “How are you feeling today?” are not quantifiable and, as a result, are not very useful in patient monitoring.

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