- •We proposed two novel scales to simplify pain assessment in preschool-aged children.
- •The two new scales were compared against the Faces Pain Scale-Revised.
- •Four-year-olds discriminated pain from no-pain better with the new scales.
- •In three-year-olds, pain assessment was not improved with the new scales.
- •Most three-year-olds may be able to report presence but not magnitude of pain.
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This work was supported in part by the Child and Family Research Institute Summer Student Research Program, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.