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Table 3 Summary of numerical rating scales (lower and upper descriptors only) used by the investigator (clinician)*

From: Robenacoxib versus meloxicam for the control of peri-operative pain and inflammation associated with orthopaedic surgery in cats: a randomised clinical trial

Variable Lower descriptor (0) Upper descriptor (3)
Posture of cat in recovery cagea Comfortable, relaxed Rigid or tense
Behaviour of cat in recovery cagea Alert, positive interaction with clinician when cage is opened Depressed, aggressive or non-responsive to stimulation
Pain elicited on manipulation of wound or area of operationb No reaction to even strong manipulation Extreme reaction to any manipulation
Overall pain controlc Excellent Poor
  1. *Each variable was assessed on a 4-point scale (0 to 3).
  2. aAssessments at V1 to V5.
  3. bAssessments at V1 to V5 and VF (final visit).
  4. cAssessments at V2 to V5 and VF.
  5. All four end points were secondary endpoints in the statistical analysis. The posture, behaviour and pain on manipulation scores were summed for each animal to provide the primary end point, the global investigator score.