Setting the benchmark for research in the management of acute pain in emergency departments.
Emergency Medicine | Published : 2001
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to define the degree of change on a visual analogue scale that corresponded to a clinically meaningful reduction in the level of pain reported by patients experiencing acute pain. METHOD: Secondary analysis of data was performed from prospective, descriptive studies of 152 adults and 73 children presenting to emergency departments with acute pain. At presentation and at 20 min intervals to a maximum of three measurements, patients marked the level of their pain on a 100 mm, non-hatched visual analogue scale. At each follow up, they also gave a verbal rating of their pain as 'a lot better', 'a little better', 'much the same', 'a little worse' or 'much wors..View full abstract