Journal article

Parent visual analogue scale ratings of children's pain do not reliably reflect pain reported by child.

Anne-Maree Kelly, Colin V Powell, Anne Williams

Pediatric Emergency Care | Published : 2002


OBJECTIVES: To determine whether parent and child visual analogue scale (VAS) scores for the pain associated with acute conditions in the child agree sufficiently for these methods of measurement to be considered interchangeable in pain and analgesia research. DESIGN: This was a prospective, two-group, repeated measures, blinded study in an urban pediatric emergency department. Children aged 8 to 15 years seeking treatment for painful conditions and the parents of these children were asked to rate the child's pain independently using a VAS on as many as four occasions at 20-minute intervals. Both participants were blinded to their previous rating and the rating of the other participant. The ..

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