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An overview of pharmacology and acute pain: part two

06 October 2010

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article explores the role of medicines in the management of acute pain. The main categories of analgesic drugs are outlined and the different routes of...

Care of the patient receiving epidural analgesia

03 November 2010

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Epidural analgesia is a common technique used to manage acute pain after major surgery and is viewed as the ‘gold standard’. When managed effectively, epidural...

Cancer pain part 1: causes and classification

25 July 2012

Nursing Standard

A&S Science

Pain is a significant problem in patients with cancer. Understanding the causes and types of cancer pain, thorough pain assessment and use of individualised pain...

Can improvised somatic dance reduce acute pain for young people in hospital?

08 November 2016

Nursing Children and Young People

Evidence & practice

Aim This study explores the effects of improvised somatic dance (ISD) on children and young people experiencing acute pain following orthopaedic or cardiac surgery,...

Effective pain management in patients in hospital

15 March 2017

Nursing Standard

Evidence & practice

Chronic pain is experienced by between one third and one half of the UK population. Nurses should ensure that patients’ pain is assessed and managed when they...

Advances in the pharmacological management of acute and chronic pain

06 June 2018

Nursing Standard


Effective management of acute and chronic pain is an important aspect of nursing practice. Relieving patients’ pain requires nurses to have an understanding of the...

Assessing acute and chronic pain in children and young people

02 November 2016

Nursing Standard


Accurate assessment of pain in children and young people is an essential nursing skill that forms the basis of any pain management intervention. This article...

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

15 November 2018

Nursing Standard

evidence and practice

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...

Pathophysiology and nursing management of acute pancreatitis

28 June 2018

Nursing Standard

gastrointestinal care

Acute pancreatitis is a potentially life-threatening condition primarily associated with gallstones or prolonged and excessive alcohol intake. Although the initial...
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