Brief Pain Inventory-Short Form is a new method of pain measurement in the emergency department.


  • Brief Pain Inventory-Short Form (BPI-SF) is a valid, fast, and useful method of pain measurement for patients in the emergency department (ED) setting.

Why this matters

  • Pain, despite being the most common complaint in the ED, is undertreated. Current tools for pain assessment in the ED have limited objective measurements and research has shown disparities in the treatment of pain among racial, gender and age groups.

  • This study suggests that the BPI-SF, which measures both the pain intensity and pain interference with the patient’s functions, represents a pain assessment tool that may be valid, feasible and reliable, and lead to better pain management for ED patients.