Reply To: Measuring your pain levels


It’s not entirely patient-centred.

In part, this data is used as a tool for funding on a departmental basis. Thus, if a patient’s pain scale readings go down after a procedure like SCS or DBS, then the department that provided the treatment can use this data to justify extra funding from the PCT.

Never forget that the acronym NICE – purported to mean National Institute for Clinical Excellence – actually stands for N.I for Cost Efficiency. but this meaning was disguised to offset criticism of the part-privatisation of the NHS.