Measure Of Self-Report

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The self-report way of measuring pain is one of the most important and well known measures of pain. It’s major advantage is that self-reports use “words to describe pain” (as cited by Gurung, 2014, p. 280). Doctors or physicians can get a good feel for how much pain a person is experiencing by hearing their descriptions of their pain. However, one of the major disadvantages of self-reports though is trusting that each patient is being honest in the self-report (Hoskin, 2012, para. 3). Some patients will try to put up a certain image depending on the question being asked, which could mess with doctor’s perspective of patient. Another way to measure pain is by physiological measures, which uses biological change in the body to measure pain

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