Archetype for pain scale (VAS)

Ian McNicoll ian at
Tue Sep 27 07:40:22 EDT 2016

Hi Pekka,

Have a look at

Symptom/Sign, Published Archetype [Internet]. openEHR Foundation,
openEHR Clinical Knowledge Manager [cited: 2016-09-27]. Available

This has

Severity rating, Quantity, Optional, repeating

Numerical rating scale representing the overall severity of the symptom or sign.

Comment: Symptom severity can be rated by the individual by recording
a score from 0 (ie symptom not present) to 10.0 (ie symptom is as
severe as the individual can imagine). This score can be represented
in the user interface as a visual analogue scale. The data element has
occurrences set to 0..* to allow for variations such as 'maximal
severity' or 'average severity' to be included in a template.

Property: Qualified real

which should fit your requirement.

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On 27 September 2016 at 12:34, Pekka Pesola <pekka.pesola at> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Looking for an archetype for recording VAS scale. Searching suggested that
> there used to be a CLUSTER.Symptom-pain [Pain symptom] archetype in the
> international CKM.
> I could only find it from the NEHTA CKM but not from the international one.
> Any thoughts on this?
> Thanks,
> -Pekka
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