Emotional Pain Scale: Guiding Intervention

by Deborah Grassman

Healthcare providers are proficient with assessing pain using a 0-10 pain scale. However, there are many other dimensions of pain that can be similarly evaluated. Emotional, psychological, spiritual distress can be subjectively gauged using a 0-10 scale. For example, I might say to a patient: “On a 0-10 scale where 0 is perfect serenity and 10 is complete emotional pain and chaos, what number are you right now?” They respond with a number, but a number doesn’t really mean much without finding out the meaning prompting the number. Thus, I always have them tell me why they selected the particular number. After they describe the stories contributing to the number, then I ask them another question: “You said you are a 5 right now. What would a 4 look like? What would be different for the score to be lower?” Whatever they tell me provides insight into what they need to create more peace; they are uncovering their plan of care!

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