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Assessment Resources

Pain Measures

  • Pain Drawing.
    • This simple version of the Pain Drawing Scale may be used by patients to indicate the location and quality of their pain conditions.
  • Pain Numeric Rating Scale (NRS)
    • This version of the Pain NRS assesses current, usual, least, and worst pain intensity on a 0 to 10 scale.
  • Defense and Veterans Pain Rating Scale (DVPRS) Complete Assessment
    • A 5-item instrument to assess a patient’s pain experience, including pain intensity and the biopsychosocial impact of pain (influence on activity, sleep, mood, and level of stress) - DVPRS Graphic - DVPRS Assessment .
  • Pain Outcomes Questionnaire
    • The POQ is an outcomes package consisting of intake, post-treatment, and follow-up questionnaires that was developed to assess several key domains of pain treatment outcomes. The POQ contains six core subscales that assess pain intensity, pain-interference in an activities of daily living (ADLs) and mobility, negative affect, activity diminishment, and pain related fear. To obtain a copy of the questionnaire, please send an email to -