Implementing and sustaining evidence-based practices in long-term care.

Numeric Pain Scale (NRS)

Asks persons to rate their pain from 0 to 10

  • Scored 0-10 with the anchors of 0 being ‘no pain’ and 10 being ‘pain as bad as it can be’ Used in adults, older adults, and adolescents and children over age 8.
  • Well established evidence of reliability, validity, and ability to detect change
  • No equipment is needed to administer this measure
  • High feasibility (quick and easy to use)



Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario. (2013). Appendix E of Assessment and Management of Pain, Third Edition.Toronto, Canada: Author. 81-82.

McCaffery, M., Beebe, A., et al. (1989). Pain: Clinical manual for nursing practice, Mosby St. Louis, MO