The Pain Scale, Using a a Validated Tool in Your Clinical Practice

How to use the DVPRS, a validated pain scale that supports the biopsychosocial model of clinical care

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“I highly recommend this course. It’s well-organized and relevant to clinical practice (including billing!), policy, as well as research. A must for the field!”

-Lisa J. Taylor-Swanson, PhD, MAcOM, Assistant Professor, Health Systems & Community-Based Care, College of Nursing, University of Utah

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In clinical practice, don't use any ordinal pain scale, use a pain scale that

  • has been validated by research
  • collects some biopsychosocial measures of health
  • is free to use

The pain scale that fits all that criteria is the Defense and Veterans Pain Rating Scale (DVPRS). Learn more about why this pain scale is not just for the VHA or the DoD.

This mini-course (with up to 75 minutes of written and video content and a down-loaded summary pdf) guides you through why to use a validated tool, how to use it in clinical practice from how to use in your patient care interview to how to document it in your chart note.

Learn how using this tool improves your ability to measure your patient's clinical outcomes and report these outcomes to the referring provider and/or the patient's primary care provider.

Learn how to use this tool to measure-ably know when your patients have made clinically significant improvement and your patient care has been cost-effective.

Collecting metrics is integral to any program funded fully or partially by grants or within medical centers. Learn how to use this validated tool and add it to your metrics-and-outcome-measures toolbox.

100% of the revenue generated from this course goes to support basic operating costs of hosting the Hospital-practice Handbook Project. Thank you for your support!

Your Instructor

Megan Kingsley Gale, MSAOM
Megan Kingsley Gale, MSAOM

Megan is an integrative medicine practitioner, traditional Asian medicine specialty. She graduated from Bastyr University in 2006 with a Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM) and is a national board-certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

She volunteers as director of The Hospital-based Practice Handbook Project (HHP) for Acupuncturists and their Hospital Sponsors. The HHP is a nonprofit community resource project.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This is a self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days for a refund.

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