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Differences in the Visual Analogue Scale for Pain

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by NewsBot, May 11, 2019.

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    The Visual Analogue Scale for Pain: A Comparison of Scores Reported to Residents Versus an Attending Foot and Ankle Surgeon.
    Rushing CJ et al
    Foot Ankle Spec. 2019 May 9:1938640019846971
     
  2. PodAc doc

    PodAc doc Active Member

    Well, this looks interesting, not least because the conclusion they draw seems to be a direct contradiction of the result they report. I would love to read the whole thing to understand their reasoning but don't have access. Could anyone here provide us with a PDF? Thanks.
     
  3. PodAc doc

    PodAc doc Active Member

    So now I have seen this - thank you to the kind member who sent me the PDF - and my suspicions are confirmed.

    What's more, the self-contradiction is not the only error. The paper is all about the reliability of VAS - but the scale they used was not a VAS (i.e an unmarked 10cm line). Instead they used a numerical scale with the addition of emoticons and descriptive words.

    I think this particular paper must have been published on April 1st! It is so blatant it must be a joke. Perhaps it was one of those scams put through deliberately to show up the weaknesses of the peer review system. It certainly succeeded.
     
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