Verbal Rating Scale (VRS)
The VRS is a five-point scale and consists of a list of adjectives describing various levels of symptom intensity (0= no itch, 1= mild itch, 2= moderate itch , 3= severe itch and 4=very severe itch). It is used to categorize the itch intensity and features high reliability and concurrent validity.
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