Studies with pain rating scales

Ann Rheum Dis. 1978 Aug;37(4):378-81. doi: 10.1136/ard.37.4.378.


Good correlation has been shown between pain scores derived from 4 different rating scales. The correlation was maintained when presentation of the scales was separated by a series of questions and by physical examination. There is good evidence that the 4 scales are measuring the same underlying pain variable as they calibrate well. There is also evidence that an 11-point (0-10) numerical rating scale performs better than both a 4-point simple descriptive scale or a continuous (visual analogue) scale.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Joint Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Joint Diseases / physiopathology
  • Joints / physiopathology
  • Pain / diagnosis*
  • Statistics as Topic