Patient Education Office
Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale
All patients may experience some pain from cancer or cancer treatment. Only the patient knows how much pain he/she has. Patients need to be able to communicate their pain to members of the health care team as well as to family members.
Communicating the Pain
Using a pain rating scale, like the one below, is helpful for young patients to communicate how much pain they are feeling.
Explain to the child that each face is for a person who feels happy because he has no pain (hurt) or sad because he has some or a lot of pain.
Ask the child to choose the face that
best describes how he/she is feeling.