CHANGE PAIN® Scale – measuring pain and patient expectations

Based on the Individual Treatment Target1 the CHANGE PAIN Advisory Panel created a user-friendly tool helping to improve patient-physician communication by identifying key elements of treatment success and expectations of the patient.

The present pain level is assessed on an 11-point numerical rating scale (NRS) and related to the individual treatment goal in terms of pain severity. In addition, the impact of pain on everyday living with regard to quality of life aspects is evaluated. This helps physicians and patients to agree on the need for improvement to set realistic expectations and individual treatment targets.





1 Ueberall MA, Müller-Schwefe GHH. Individual Treatment Targets in Chronic Pain Management, Proceedings of EFIC, 2006, Istanbul.


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