How to choose the right pain measurement tools
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How to choose the right pain measurement tools

Lynne Pearce Health journalist

Assessing acute and chronic pain can be difficult, particularly when caring for patients with dementia or communication issues. Here, we look at some of the tools to aid your nursing practice

What is pain?

According to the British Pain Society (BPS), pain is ‘an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage’. Assessing and managing pain are essential components of nursing practice.

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