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Self-report: the primary source in assessment after infancy 

Self-report: the primary source in assessment after infancy
Self-report: the primary source in assessment after infancy

Carl L. von Baeyer

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date: 29 July 2021

Self-report is the primary source of information for assessment of pain and measurement of its intensity in children age 3 years and older. This chapter provides an overview of the variables addressed in assessment, specific tools used to obtain self-reports, and interpretation of pain scores. Challenges include establishing whether children are able to understand and use self-report scales and interpreting self-reported pain scores when they conflict with clinicians’ observation. New developments in self-report assessment are introduced, such as new support for the use of numerical rating scales and development of computer and smartphone self-report tools. Recommendations are provided supporting integration of self-report of pain in pain management.

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