Borg Dyspnea Scale (Borg CR10 Scale® )

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Basic description

Developed in 1970

Borg Scales

The Borg Dyspnea Scale is not a separate scale. See the Borg CR Scale®. The magnitude of most kinds of experiences can be determined with one of the two CR scales, e.g. for lung patients not only normal breathlessness and its sometimes drastic change to severe difficulties breathing, “dyspnea”, but also how it relates to other important symptoms, such as leg fatigue and anxiety during an ergometer test.

The Borg Angina Scale is not a separate scale. See the Borg CR Scale®. Compare also the Borg Dyspnea Scale.

The Borg RPE Scale®. There are three different “Borg Scales” for determination of ratings (R) of perceived (P) exertion (E). The first and most common scale is the 15-graded RPE-scale (Borg, 1970, 1985. See Borg 1998). However, the Borg CR Scales® are now also used to determine the magnitude of “RPE” (See Borg CR Scale®).

The Borg Pain Scale is not a separate scale. See the Borg CR Scale®.


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Borg CR10 scale © Gunnar Borg, 1982, 1998, 2004
The "Borg CR10 Scale" is a general method for measuring most kinds of perceptions and experiences, including pain and also perceived exertion. It can be used to measure taste and smell, loudness and noise, brightness and other sensations, but also moods and emotions (e.g., discomfort and anxiety). The scale is commonly used for measuring angina pain and breathlessness (dyspnea), musculoskeletal pain and other kinds of somatic symptoms.
Therapeutic area
  • Generic
Therapeutic indication


Type of Clinical Outcome Assessment (COA)
  • pro PRO
Original language(s)
  • English
  • Swedish for Sweden
34 translation(s)
Bibliographic reference(s) of the original questionnaire

Borg G. Perceived exertion as an indicator of somatic stress. Scand J Rehabil Med. 1970;2(2):92-8

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