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Clinical validation of the short and long UNESP-Botucatu scales for feline pain assessment.


Belli M, de Oliveira AR, de Lima MT, Trindade PHE, Steagall PV, Luna S P
PeerJ. 2021; 9:e11225.
PMID: 33954046.


The UNESP-Botucatu multidimensional feline pain assessment scale (UFEPS) is a valid and reliable instrument for acute pain assessment in cats. However, its limitations are that responsiveness was not tested using a negative control group, it was validated only for ovariohysterectomy, and it can be time-consuming. We aimed to evaluate the construct and criterion validity, reliability, sensitivity, and specificity of the UFEPS and its novel short form (SF) in various clinical or painful surgical conditions.