Visual Analogue Scale

The Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) is widely used to measure pain. A patient is asked to indicate their perceived pain intensity (most commonly) along a 100 mm horizontal line, and this rating is then measured from the left edge (=VAS score).

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First used: 01 January 1970

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