Although pain severity assessment is crucial to improving the quality of pain management, it can be difficult for health care professionals to get a reliable response from an LEP patient. That is because many of the pain scales available can be too complicated for patients. Therefore, many Haitian patients are confused when asked to rate their pain on a scale of 1 to 5.
We translated the Wong-Baker FACES Pain Scale because it combines pictures and numbers for pain ratings. It can be used in children over the age of 3 and in adults. There are six faces that depict different expressions, ranging from happy to extremely upset. At the bottom, we reworded the descriptions in a language that Haitian patients are familiar with.
Click on this link to download the PDF version of this scale and use with your patients when assessing their pain level.