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Resources for the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment based
Proactive and Personalised Primary Care of the Elderly

Abbey Pain Scale

Purpose : Assessment of pain in patients who are unable to clearly articulate their needs.

Admin time :  Variable

User Friendly :  High

Administered by : GP or nurse


Content : The original initial Abbey Pain Scale assessment is performed by a proxy-rater who observes the subject and evaluates the presence of eight pain-related behaviours from 0 to 3 – representing increasing presence of the behaviour.

Recommendations and chart for follow on assessments are included in the CGA Toolkit Plus revision.


Author :  Abbey, J et al, 1998 - 2002

Copyright : Free to use

The original Abbey Pain Scale may be reproduced provided acknowledgement below is retained.

Abbey, J; De Bellis, A; Piller, N; Esterman, A; Giles, L: Parker, D and Lowcay, B.

Funded by the JH & JD Gunn Medical Research Foundation 1998 - 2002
(This document may be reproduced with this acknowledgement retained)

Abbey Pain Scale

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Abbey Pain Scale - online

This Tool is used in the Pain Assessment

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The Pain Assessment is one of 5 sub-domains of the  Medical Assessment

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The Medical Assessment is one of 8 domains of the

 Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA)

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