The assessment of musculoskeletal pain in the clinical setting

F Mackichan, V Wylde, P Dieppe

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Abstract

Pain is a primary symptom in musculoskeletal conditions, and aspects of the pain experience (eg, severity) are key considerations in clinical decision-making and in the outcome of trials and interventions. Consequently, appropriate assessment of pain is essential. This article reviews the measures most commonly used in rheumatology practice, arguing that many are significantly limited in their ability to reflect the complexity of the patient's experience. The authors provide examples of alternative approaches, concluding that there is real scope for improving assessment and measurement of musculoskeletal pain in the clinical setting.
Translated title of the contributionThe assessment of musculoskeletal pain in the clinical setting
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311 - 330
Number of pages19
JournalRheumatic Disease Clinics of North America
Volume34(2)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2008

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