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AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000324375.02027.9f
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Using Pain‐Rating Scales with Older Adults

Flaherty, Ellen PhD, GNP-BC

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Pain is often undertreated and underdiagnosed in older adults. Regular use of short, simple, reliable pain-rating scales provides nurses and physicians with measurable information to establish and modify a pain management plan. This article describes the use of three widely used pain-rating scales: the numeric rating scale, the verbal descriptor scale, and the Faces Pain Scale–Revised. For a free online video demonstrating the use of these scales in older adults, go to

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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