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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | August 2014

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Dealing with acute and chronic pain: part one - assessment

Dealing with acute and chronic pain: part one - assessment
Pain Management

Pages: 83 - 86

Article topics: Acute and chronic pain, Assessment, Pain

Pain is experienced by many patients in primary and secondary care and the assessment of pain is a fundamental aspect of nursing. Community nurses need to possess a strong knowledge base to inform and advise their patients, this in turn enables them to help and empower their patients to effectively control pain with minimal side-effects. This two-part series on pain provides an update on the assessment and management of acute and chronic non-malignant pain. This first part of the series examines how community nurses can recognise and categorise pain and start to draw up a plan of care for the patient. The second part in this series will deal with the management of pain.