A call for standardizing the clinical rating of pain intensity using a 0 to 10 rating scale

Cancer Nurs. 1998 Feb;21(1):46-9. doi: 10.1097/00002820-199802000-00006.


Pain is difficult to measure, regardless of etiology. Furthermore, the measurement of pain is complicated by variation in the use of visual analogue scales as well as other pain assessment measures. This brief article reviews situations contributing to confusion regarding pain intensity measures and argues for consistency in its measurements with adults not experiencing cognitive disorders in the clinical setting.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bias
  • Communication
  • Continuity of Patient Care
  • Guidelines as Topic*
  • Humans
  • Pain Measurement / standards*
  • Reproducibility of Results