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Clinical Metrology Instruments

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One goal of the Comparative Pain Research Laboratory is to produce valid clinical metrology instruments for the assessment of pain, physical function and quality of life. These tools are targeted at measuring one or more of the impacts of pain:

Such tools may be used for veterinary studies evaluating an intervention or treatment; translational studies using naturally occurring disease in animals as a model of human disease; clinical veterinary patient management.

Prior to using a tool, one must know that it reliably measures what it is purported to measure and that it is able to pick up clinically significant changes in the population in which it is being used.

The process of validation is thus an important one, and consists of several stages: