Pain – measuring what counts.

Our ability to measure pain in a valid and reliable way is a crucial component of effective pain management.  Furthermore the current emphasis on evidence-based veterinary medicine requires that appropriate measures of clinical impact are developed and in that regard it is essential that instruments to monitor pain effectively in an individual, while providing data to enable the selection of treatments with know efficacy and impact are developed.  In veterinary medicine, many pain scales have been constructed on an ad hoc basis, but the importance of applying rigorous methods to the development and testing of pain measures in order to ensure their validity and reliability is now recognised.

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