Assessing pain in patients
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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.

Correspondence i.h.r.mclafferty@dundee.ac.uk

Nursing Standard. 22, 25,42-46. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.02.22.25.42.c6422

Published in print: 27 February 2008

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