Date Published

February 11, 2020

Updated For

ALS PCS Version ALS PCS 5.2


OPQRST is the beginning of a conversation about a patient's pain. Don't limit yourself to the six common questions. Use your patient assessment skills to learn more about the patient's pain. This may help guide your treatments or give you a better understanding of what pathophysiological process is occurring.

Some additional questions might include:

  • What were you doing when the pain started?
  • Is your pain constant or intermittent?
  • Has the pain been constant or has it gradually worsened?
  • As your pain travels from the point of origin, how does it change?
  • Have you experienced pain like this before? If yes, what was it?
  • Have you done anything for your pain like pain medications, ice, or elevation?
  • Are there positions or activities that make the pain better or worse?
  • What else can you tell me about your pain?


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