Pain Quality Assessment Scale
There are different aspects and types of pain that people experience and that we are interested in measuring. Pain can feel sharp, hot, cold, dull, and achy. Some pains may feel like they are very superficial (at skin-level), or they may feel like they are from deep inside your body. Pain can be described as unpleasant and also can have different time qualities.
The Pain Quality Assessment Scale helps us measure these and other different aspects of your pain. For one person, a pain might feel extremely hot and burning, but not at all dull, while another patient may not experience any burning pain, but feel like their pain is very dull and achy. Therefore, we expect you to rate very high on some of the scales below and very low on others.
Please use the 20 rating scales below to rate how much of each different pain quality and type you may or may not have felt over the past week on average.