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Reassessing the Assessment of Pain: How the Numeric Scale Became so Popular in Health Care

Reassessing the Assessment of Pain: How the Numeric Scale Became so Popular in Health Care

September 2016

The assessment of pain along with its treatment is being questioned as some worry the current approaches to measuring pain on a scale of 0 to 10 have contributed to the nation's prescription drug epidemic. John Farrar, MD, PhD, and Jeanmarie Perrone, MD, share their perspectives on the best ways to assess and treat pain.

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