Assessing pain in patients
Ella McLafferty Senior lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee, Dundee
Alistair Farley Lecturer in nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee, Dundee
This article defines pain and discusses options for pain assessment. Both unidimensional and multidimensional pain assessment scales are considered and described. Nursing skills required to carry out pain assessment are identified and discussed.
Nursing Standard. 22, 25,42-46. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.02.22.25.42.c6422
Published in print: 27 February 2008Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review