A guide to pain assessment and management in adults

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Pain is universally experienced and extremely complex, involving the mind as well as the body. It is activated by a variety of stimuli, including biological, physical and psychological. This article seeks to provide a deeper understanding of the physiology of pain and the various classifications used in clinical practice. It also aims to raise awareness of the skills that nurses require for the assessment and management of an individual patient's pain. It explores the tools available to assist with the assessment of pain and provides an introduction to some of the management strategies that can be used to manage pain. Some of the barriers to effective pain assessment and management are also examined.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-251
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number5
Early online date6 Mar 2024
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2024

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