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Development of a behaviour-based measurement tool withdefined intervention level for assessing acute pain in cats.

  OBJECTIVES: To develop a Composite Measure Pain Scale - Feline (CMPS-F) tool to assess acute
pain in cats and derive an intervention score.

METHODS: To develop the prototype CMPS-F, words describing painful cats were collected, grouped
into behavioural categories and ranked. To assess prototype validity two observers independently
assigned CMPS-F and numerical rating scale (NRS) scores to 25 hospitalised cats before and after
analgesic treatment. Following interim analysis the prototype was revised (rCMPS-F). To determine intervention score two observers independently assigned rCMPS-F and NRS scores to 116 cats. A
further observer, a veterinarian, stated whether analgesia was necessary. Statistical tests included
Wilcoxon, Mann-Whitney, 95% confidence intervals (CI), general linear model ANOVA and linear
discriminant analysis (p < 0.05).

RESULTS: Mean ± SD decrease in rCMPS-F and NRS scores following analgesia were 2.4 ± 2.87 and 1.9 ± 2.34, respectively (95% CI for mean change in rCMPS-F between 1.21 and 3.6). Changes
in rCMPS-F and NRS were significantly correlated (r = 0.8) (p

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    30 November 2014

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • Publisher

    Wiley

  • DOI:

    10.1111/jsap.12280

  • ISSN:

    0022-4510

  • Library of Congress:

    QH301 Biology

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    573 Specific physiological systems in animals

Citation

Calvo, G., Holden, E., Reid, J., Scott, E. M., Firth, A., Bell, A., …Nolan, A. M. (2014). Development of a behaviour-based measurement tool withdefined intervention level for assessing acute pain in cats. Journal of Small Animal Practice. 55(12), 622-629. doi:10.1111/jsap.12280. ISSN 0022-4510

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Keywords

Pain; feline; measurement tools; analgesia; validation;

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