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Ecological Momentary Assessment Methodology in Chronic Pain Research: A Systematic Review

Pain intensity represents the primary outcome in most clinical trials of pain disorders and is nearly universally assessed in chronic pain research.32,79 Chronic pain affects over 11% of the population of the United States,90 and there is an undisputed need for the accurate and reliable assessment of pain. Although alternatives to self-reported pain intensity (eg, observation of pain behaviors64) have previously been considered, self-reports presently constitute the gold standard of pain assessment because they are able to reflect the subjectivity inherent in the pain experience.

Ecological Momentary Assessment Methodology in Chronic Pain Research: A Systematic Review

Orginally Published At: Pain Journal

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