The Effect of Pain on Task Performance: A Review of the Literature.
TECHNICO SOUTHWEST INC LOS ALAMOS NM
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The authors reviewed 273 abstracts relating to pain and 36 abstracts relating to pain and task performance. Of the 309 abstracts reviewed, 93 articles were pertinent to elements of the problem and are the basis of this report however none specifically related burn pain to task performance. Two simple five-point scales were found that can be used to measure pain severity resulting from burns. The first is the McGill Pain Questionnaire that has been widely used, and the second is the Visual Analogue Scale which is often used together with a Verbal Rating Scale developed by Banos. Some alternatives to a five-point scale to relate pain severity to performance are presented as offering potential for further development. Burns, Pain, Thermal Injury, Performance.
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