Work Type



Fall 2015

Faculty Advisor

Roger J. Allen, PhD, PT


Title: Clinical Pain Scale Compendium

Authors: James Aiken, SPT1, Tiffany Crow, SPT1, Nicholas Pilch, SPT1

Affiliation(s): 1. Physical Therapy Program, University of Puget Sound


Pain is one of the pivotal aspects of a healthcare examination. Clinicians cannot measure pain objectively, and thus, we can only obtain a subjective report of the patient’s experience. However, the human experience of pain can be measured beyond merely its intensity. The purpose of this compendium is to present a range of pain aspects; the who, what, where, when, and how much of pain measurement. This is accomplished with the following domains: affective, beliefs, intensity, sensory quality, location, temporal, impact on activities of daily living, and population. The aim of this compendium is to present a model of various pain dimensions and to expand the number of tools available to measure pain, as pain can mean different things. It is novel in its breadth of coverage of pain scales and comprehensive summarization for ease of use. With an improved capacity of pain measurement tools available, clinicians can better correlate care with more accurate pain assessments to meet a patient’s unique needs. In conclusion, we have compiled these measures to provide additional pain evaluation tools for physical therapists and other medical professionals in order to improve patient care.


University of Puget Sound

Clinical Pain Scale Compendium.pdf (16935 kB)
Clinical Pain Assessment Compendium