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Behavioural measures of pain 

Behavioural measures of pain
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Behavioural measures of pain
Author(s):

Jill MacLaren Chorney

and C. Meghan McMurtry

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199642656.003.0037
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date: 23 May 2019

This chapter reviews the current state of evidence on behavioural measures of pain in children and adolescents including a brief discussion of future directions. To demonstrate the utility of behavioural scales, it also includes a clinical case example at the end of this chapter. A few limits of coverage should be noted. First, although some of the measures included in this chapter may have been used for infants, we will not review measures that are only validated for infants as these measures are covered by Lee and Stevens (Chapter 35, this volume)). Second, given that there are no well-established behavioural measures of chronic pain, this chapter will focus on measures that are relevant to acute and procedural pain and will also not cover other pain-related outcome measures (e.g. functional disability, quality of life).

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