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Subject of the scale: Impairment: pain



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A French scale developed at the beginning of the 1990s which evaluates pain in elderly patients. It was later translated into different languages.

The scale was designed to be used by a multidisciplinary team. It is constituted of 3 domains corresponding to the somatic (5items), psychomotor (2 items) and psychosocial (3 items) repercussions of the pain.

The evaluator rates each item on a scale of 0 to 3.

The scale takes about 5 minutes to administer.

A group of experts supervises the improvement, validation and translation into other languages of the scale.

There are few articles in scientific databases such as PubMed®. Information can be found on the website:

> Access to the scale is free

Psychometric properties:


Psychometric properties



Face validity


Content validity


Criterion validity

Concurrent validity


Predictive validity


Construct validity

Convergent validity


Divergent validity


Discriminant validity
(sensitivity and distinctiveness)



Intra-rater reliability


Inter-rater reliability




Internal consistency (alpha)




General comment on reliability:

Further information can be found on the website The scale has not yet been evaluated for non-communicating patients of other etiologies.

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Related scales:

There is no other hetero pain assessment scale.

More information:

For more details of the scale, the comments or the psychometric properties presented here, please contact Dr. François GENET :

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