Children's ratings of their postoperative pain were compared to nurses' and physicians' ratings of the children's postoperative pain. Children and adolescents were able to rate their pain using a visual analogue scale CVAS). Although there were differences between groups on their mean pain ratings, the ratings of the nurses and physicians correlated significantly with the children's pain ratings. Also, the correlation between nurses and physicians was highly significant, indicating that the use of a VAS may help nurses and physicians explore the cues used to estimate children's pain. This dialogue may enhance communication and collaboration between professionals about pain management strategies specific to each child's pain experience.
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