Best practice in pain management

Best practice in pain management


Best practice in pain management


There has been much debate over the years as to the most appropriate definition of pain. Some suggest that it is ‘whatever the patient says it is and occurs when he/she says it does’ (McCaffery and Beebe, 1989). But what if the person cannot ‘say’ they have pain in a language that can be understood? The International Association for the Study of Pain, for example, proposes the definition: ‘An unpleasant sensory or emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage’.


This definition acknowledges that pain can be physical in nature, but it can also be largely influenced by emotional experiences. Consider victims of war or torture. They may have no physical injury, but they do have psychological issues that manifest as physical pain (Figure 8.1).

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Aug 29, 2017 | Posted by in NURSING | Comments Off on Best practice in pain management
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