Dream Scale

A brief introduction.

Dream Scale - shifting focus and actions from reducing pain to achieving dreams

The Swedish National Organization for Young Rheumatics - Unga Reumatiker - writes on its homepage, “We are not our disease, we are our dreams”.

The “Dream scale” innovation aims to help children and young adults identify goals in different areas of life and the degree to which formal care would and should support them in obtaining these goals. It aims to use these goals to direct how they live their lives and manage their long-term condition.

Originally, care providers had asked them to monitor their symptoms on a visual analogue scale and rate their pain. However, rather than considering the symptoms that limited the patients’ daily activities, the patients wanted to focus on how they could enjoy education, physical activity and hobbies that would help them fulfill their goals.