Publishing Use

Thank you for visiting our site.  You have indicated that you are interested in using the Wong-Baker FACES® Pain Rating Scale in your publication.  Please read the following information and submit the form below.  You will be redirected to a watermarked scale for use in your planning.  We will contact you to talk about whether a licensing agreement will be necessary for your project.  After permission is given or a licensing agreement is established, we will give you access to the digital images of our scale and the Downloads page where you will find instructions and the growing number of translations of our scale.

Please help us maintain the integrity of the Wong-Baker FACES® Pain Rating Scale by following these simple guidelines:

  • Remember, our scale is used for pain assessment only.  We do not give permission for use in measuring emotions, moods, comfort, etc. This is essential for our scale’s validity.
  • Ours is a self-assessment scale, so the patient needs to be able to understand the instructions and select a face that illustrates the pain they are experiencing.  It should never be used with unresponsive patients or to compare the patient’s face to the scale to determine the level of pain.
  • No modifications should be made to this scale without our expressed permission.  We are intentional about not adding color to our scale, because color is so subjective.  If you see a scale with color added, that is a copyright infringement.
  • Bibliography Citation: Wong-Baker FACES Foundation (2019). Wong-Baker FACES® Pain Rating Scale. Retrieved [Date] with permission from http://www.WongBakerFACES.org. Originally published in Whaley & Wong’s Nursing Care of Infants and Children. © Elsevier Inc.

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