Chronic pain: clinical features, assessment and treatment
Carolyn Mackintosh Lecturer, Division of Nursing, University of Bradford, Bradford
Sue Elson Lecturer, Division of Nursing, University of Bradford, Bradford
A significant number of people in the UK experience chronic pain, resulting in high levels of suffering and reduced quality of life. Management of chronic pain is complex, time consuming and not always successful. Good communication between patients and healthcare professionals is essential to ensure realistic treatment plans and outcomes can be negotiated. Accurate assessment is also key, and nurses play a fundamental role in ensuring patients with chronic pain receive the most appropriate care.
Nursing Standard. 23, 5, 48-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.10.23.5.48.c6680Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review