March 1984

Subjective and Objective Features of Sore Throat

Author Affiliations

From the Medical Department, Vicks Research Center (Dr Schachtel, Ms Beiter, and Mr Schwartz), Shelton, Conn; Dr Fillingim, with Ms Lane, is in private practice in Savannah, Ga.

Arch Intern Med. 1984;144(3):497-500. doi:10.1001/archinte.1984.00350150081026

• This study examines the relationship between the symptom of sore throat and the signs of pharyngitis. Patients seeking medical attention for sore throat were examined by their physician, who documented findings on a Tonsillopharyngitis Score (TPS) and obtained a throat culture. Each patient was then instructed by the physician's assistant to characterize the severity of throat pain on a Sore Throat Pain Intensity Scale (STPIS) and Sore Throat Questionnaire. A high positive correlation was found for the STPIS and TPS but not for these findings and the cause of pharyngitis. A similar association was found between the relative severity of throat pain and the words patients use to describe it. This new method objectively confirms the subjective rating of sore throat pain.

(Arch Inter Med 1984;144:497-500)