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Table 4 Agreement among blinded observers for each item and total and partial pain scores – video analysis

From: Validation of the English version of the UNESP-Botucatu multidimensional composite pain scale for assessing postoperative pain in cats

Items Agreement among blinded observers
  All assessment times T2 separately
Posture 0.94 (0.92 - 0.98) 0.86 (0.78 - 0.92)
Comfort 0.92 (0.89 - 0.94) 0.61 (0.46 - 0.76)
Activity 0.86 (0.82 - 0.89) 0.57 (0.41 - 0.73)
Attitude 0.91 (0.88 - 0.93) 0.66 (0.52 - 0.79)
Miscellaneous behaviors 0.94 (0.92 - 0.95) 0.73 (0.60 - 0.84)
Reaction to palpation of surgical wound 0.92 (0.90 - 0.94) 0.81 (0.71 - 0.89)
Reaction to palpation of abdomen/flank 0.89 (0.87 - 0.92) 0.78 (0.66 - 0.88)
Appetite 0.93 (0.91 - 0.95) 0.92 (0.87 - 0.96)
Vocalization 0.89 (0.86 - 0.91) 0.88 (0.81 - 0.93)
Total Score 0.98 (0.98 - 0.99) 0.92 (0.87 - 0.96)
Partial Score Subscale 1 ‘Pain Expression’ 0.97 (0.96 - 0.98) 0.92 (0.87 - 0.96)
Partial Score Subscale 2 ‘Psychomotor change’ 0.96 (0.95 - 0.97) 0.81 (0.71 - 0.89)
  1. Agreement among blinded observers, assessed by intra-class correlation coefficient (95% CI), for each scale item and total and partial scores from subscales 1 and 2, at all time points (preoperative, postoperative before and after analgesia, and 24 hours after the end of surgery), and for T2 (postoperative before analgesia) independently.
  2. Interpretation: 0.81 – 1.0 very good; 0.61 – 0.80 good; 0.41 – 0.6 moderate; 0.21 – 0.4 fair; < 0.2 poor.