Neuropathic pain: the new screening tools
47 slide(s) – 00:23:06– English –2010-09-26
Over the last few years, a number of new clinical tools in the form of simple questionnaires have been developed and validated for the screening or evaluation/assessment of neuropathic pain syndromes. The screening tools are based on identification of specific combinations of a small number of symptoms (i.e. pain descriptors) and signs for the identification of neuropathic pain. Evaluation/assessment self-questionnaires, also based on pain descriptors, measure the intensity of a series of symptoms corresponding to different components of neuropathic pain syndromes. Because of their ease of use, these questionnaires can be used both in daily practice and clinical research. In particular, they have been used in recent epidemiological studies and pharmacological trials. Based on these results, the advantages and limitations of these clinical tools will be addressed in this presentation.