Why good communication is essential to pain management
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Why good communication is essential to pain management

Erin Dean Health journalist

Pain is subjective, so it is important that nurses ask the right questions and trust patients’ answers to understand and assess their needs

Up to half of adults in the UK – a staggering 28 million people – live with chronic pain. The prevalence in older age groups is even higher, with up to 62% of those aged 75 and over reporting these symptoms, according to research published in the BMJ.

Nursing Older People. 36, 1, 6-8. doi: 10.7748/nop.36.1.6.s2

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