Behavioral Pain Scale

The Behavioral Pain Scale (BPS) is a tool used to assess the level of pain in individuals who are unable to communicate their pain level verbally. It is based on observing pain-related behaviors, such as grimacing, moaning, and body movements.

1 minute to complete


General eligibility to complete the Behavioral Pain Scale includes: - Age 18 years or older - Able to communicate and understand instructions - Able to provide self-report.


Questions for Behavioral Pain Scale



Facial expression

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Relaxed
  2. Partially tightened (eg. brow lowering)
  3. Fully tightened (e.g eyelid closing)
  4. Grimacing

Upper limbs

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. No movement
  2. Partially bent
  3. Fully bent with finger flexion
  4. Permanently retracted

Compliance with ventilation

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Tolerating movement
  2. Coughing but tolerating ventilation most of the time
  3. Fighting ventilator
  4. Unable to control ventilation

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Here are some FAQs and additional information
Behavioral Pain Scale

What is the Behavioral Pain Scale?

The Behavioral Pain Scale is a tool used to assess pain in infants, children and adults who cannot verbally express their pain. It uses observable behaviors to measure pain intensity.

What does the Behavioral Pain Scale measure?

The Behavioral Pain Scale measures the intensity of pain based on the following behaviors: facial expression, body movements, vocalization, consolability, and state of arousal.

How is the Behavioral Pain Scale used?

The Behavioral Pain Scale is used in clinical settings to evaluate the amount of pain someone is experiencing. It is a valuable tool for healthcare professionals who are unable to ask a patient how much pain they are feeling.

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