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An overview of sedation for adult patients in hospital

02 June 2010

Nursing Standard


Sedatives may be administered to patients in the hospital setting to provide comfort and reduce anxiety and pain. A variety of sedative agents can be used depending...

Management of procedural pain in adult patients

08 December 2010

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Procedural pain in adults is not well documented in the literature. This article provides practical advice for healthcare professionals on how to assess and manage...

Shoulder pain: pathogenesis, diagnosis and management

29 January 2014

Nursing Standard


Shoulder pain is a common musculoskeletal problem that can have a significant effect on people’s activities of daily living and quality of life. Nurses have a...

Safe and effective management of analgesics in patients presenting to hospital with acute illness

15 November 2018

Nursing Standard


Chronic pain affects a significant percentage of the population and is defined as pain that lasts beyond the point of healing. People presenting to hospital with...

Challenges in the management of pain in hospital patients with opioid use disorder

01 February 2021

Nursing Standard

pain management

This article explores the challenges and barriers to the effective nursing management of pain in patients with a history of opioid use disorder. It also identifies...

Role of the nurse in the assessment and management of post-operative pain

16 March 2020

Nursing Standard


While post-operative pain is a common and unavoidable consequence of surgery, evidence suggests that the levels of pain experienced by patients are unnecessarily...

Alternatives to opioids for managing chronic pain: a patient education programme in the US

09 November 2022

Primary Health Care

evidence and practice

As the US is experiencing an opioid epidemic, patients with non-malignant chronic pain must understand the risks of opioids and identify safe and effective treatment...

Gout: clinical presentation and management

10 September 2014

Nursing Standard


Gout is a painful inflammatory condition that can affect a variety of joints, causes significant distress and is associated with a number of comorbidities. This...

Assessment and management of chronic pain

05 August 2019

Nursing Standard


Chronic pain can have significant physical, psychological and social effects on a person’s life, as well as on their families and friends. However, it is often not...

Cannabinoids for the treatment of cancer-related pain: a systematic review

21 January 2020

Cancer Nursing Practice

Complementary therapies

Pain is a well-documented symptom of cancer, and pharmacological treatment options aside from opioids, which can have burdensome side effects, remain limited....