Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation: review of effectiveness
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Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation: review of effectiveness

Mark Johnson Professor of pain and analgesia, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds

The effectiveness of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for pain relief has been challenged. This article evaluates systematic review findings and demonstrates that studies using appropriate TENS technique and dosage are more likely to demonstrate clinical efficacy. Therefore, it seems reasonable to continue to use TENS as a pain management intervention.

Nursing Standard. 28, 40,44-53. doi: 10.7748/ns.28.40.44.e8565

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 04 November 2013

Accepted: 18 December 2013