SOCRATES – Pain assessment easy way to remember

When asking about the history of pain  – easy way to remember what to ask regarding pain

Site – Where is the pain?
Onset – When did the pain start, and was it sudden or gradual?
Character – What is the pain like? Sharp/stabbing/shooting/dull ache
Radiation – Does the pain radiate anywhere?
Associations – Any other signs or symptoms associated with the pain?
Time course – How has the pain been since onset – increase/decrease/same ?
Exacerbating/Relieving factors – Does anything change the pain? Anything that increases or relieves the pain ?
Severity – How bad is the pain?

Remember these and you will never forget what to ask regarding pain

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