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Pain evaluation 

Pain evaluation
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Pain evaluation
Author(s):

Richard D.W. Hain

and Satbir Singh Jassal

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198745457.003.0005
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date: 02 June 2020

Pain is a subjective phenomenon. It is different for each individual who experiences it and, for any individual, will depend on a multiplicity of factors, including its cause, context, and meaning. The sensation of pain is influenced by innumerable factors, not only at the time of the stimulus, but also during the individual’s prior experience. Appropriate tools can report aspects of pain experience; this chapter provides detail of appropriate pain scales to use, describing characteristics of each. It also explains objective and behavioural measures of pain.

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