Pain intensity rating scale recommended for use with all older adults, regardless of cognitive ability. Often preferred by older adults, and demonstrated good psychometric properties in older adults with considerable cognitive impairment. This scale requires either verbal ability or the ability to point to the descriptor on the thermometer most closely representing their pain.

This tool is formatted for use as a pocket-sized pain scale. Copy column 1 and column 2 on opposite sides of paper, laminate and provide for individual use.

Pain Thermometer Scale

Used with permission of Keela Herr, PhD, RN, FAAN, AGSF, The University of Iowa

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