We physicians have some difficulty objectively measuring pain. Even subjectively it becomes a challenge when your patient asks for pain medications.
The standard of medical practice now is to ask, "What is your pain level from 1-10 if 10 would be the worst pain you have ever felt, and 0 is no pain whatsoeverl. Even this scale is very subjective and is based upon what that patient considers his worst pain. That depends on many factors. Patients who have never had any pain would not know what the worst pain would be. Pain thresholds differ greatly from one patient to ano ther. Comparing one patient to another with this metric is meaningless. Perhaps we should set a standard as labor pains. This standard however would only apply to women.
All of the above acronyms are a feature of health reform, which is not painless. The medical lexicon includes countless three letter or four letter acronyms, which are too lengthy to describe here.
ACO, ICD-10, MU, PCMH, and PQRS are more than just an acronym soup.
Karen DeSalvo now the head of ONC and a former primary care physician from Louisana is the lady for the job of reducing our pain. (perhaps hypnosis, denial, or retirment would be better than the narcotic of acceptance and/or major revision of how government interacts with healthcare.
Diana Manos of Health IT News describes DeSalvo's background: