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Table 1 The Symptom Severity Scale

From: Reproducibility and responsiveness of the Symptom Severity Scale and the hand and finger function subscale of the Dutch arthritis impact measurement scales (Dutch-AIMS2-HFF) in primary care patients with wrist or hand problems

1. How severe is the hand or wrist pain that you have at night? 6. Do you have numbness (loss of sensation) in your hand?
  1 I do not have hand or wrist pain at night   1 No
  2 Mild pain   2 I have mild numbness
  3 Moderate pain   3 I have moderate numbness
  4 Severe pain   4 I have severe numbness
  5 Very severe pain   5 I have very severe numbness
2. How often did hand or wrist pain wake you up during a typical night in the past two weeks? 7. Do you have weakness in your hand or wrist?
  1 Never   1 No weakness
  2 Once   2 Mild weakness
  3 Two or three times   3 Moderate weakness
  4 Four or five times   4 Severe weakness
  5 More than five times   5 Very severe weakness
3. Do you typically have pain in your hand or wrist during the daytime? 8. Do you have tingling sensations in your hand?
  1 I never have pain during the day   1 No tingling
  2 I have mild pain during the day   2 Mild tingling
  3 I have moderate pain during the day   3 Moderate tingling
  4 I have severe pain during the day   4 Severe tingling
  5 I have very severe pain during the day   5 Very severe tingling
4. How often do you have hand or wrist pain during the daytime? 9. How severe is numbness (loss of sensation) or tingling at night?
  1 Never   1 I have no numbness or tingling at night
  2 Once or twice a day   2 Mild
  3 Three to five times a day   3 Moderate
  4 More than five times a day   4 Severe
  5 The pain is constant   5 Very severe
5. How long, on average, does an episode of pain last during the daytime? 10. How often did hand numbness or tingling wake you up during a typical night during the past two weeks?
  1 I never get pain during the day   1 Never
  2 Less than 10 minutes   2 Once
  3 10 to 60 minutes   3 Two or three times
  4 Greater than 60 minutes   4 Four or five times
  5 The pain is constant throughout the day   5 More than five times
   11. Do you have difficulty with the grasping and use of small objects such as keys or pens?
    1 No difficulty
    2 Mild difficulty
    3 Moderate difficulty
    4 Severe difficulty
    5 Very severe difficulty