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The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Definitions for Pain
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Short Description of Instrument
The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) definitions for pain are internationally accepted and widely used in the medical community.
Scoring and Psychometric Properties
N/A-There is no scoring for this set of definitions. They are intended to be used as guidelines to types of pain and therefore no scoring is needed.
Strengths: Universal application to broad populations with pain
Weaknesses: Not a measurable outcome measure
Key Reference:
IASP Terminology Working Group. (1994). Part III: Pain Terms, A Current List with Definitions and Notes on Usage. In H. Merskey, N. Bogduk (Eds.), Classification of Chronic Pain, International Association for the study of Pain (IASP) Task Force on Taxonomy (Second edition, 209-214). IASP Press.
Additional References:
Turk, D.C., Okifuji, A. (2001). Pain terms and taxonomies. In Loeser, J.D.; Butler, S.H.; Chapman, J.J., Turk, D.C. (Eds.) Bonica's Management of Pain (Third edition, 18-25) Lippincott Williams& Wilkins.
Document last updated August 2022