How Is Pain Assessed?

How Is Pain Assessed?

Pain cannot be measured like pulse or blood pressure, unfortunately. We can measure it in animals, but we cannot measure the pain of a person yet. Pain is something very subjective: the saying “Every one knows where his own shoe pinches” is very important. As a doctor, I can empathize with the patient, so I can feel the pain, I can be a partner to the pain; but in fact I need to be able to measure the amount of pain.

There are a number of internationally valid scales that can be used for this. I can evaluate the pain at least in a statistically realistic manner when the patient fills out a few of these forms which were adapted to the Turkish society. If your doctor asks you to fill out a number of forms, you must realize that it is for your own sake.

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