Pain Management
Definitions of Pain
Common Barriers
Important Terms
Morphine Myths
Duty to Relieve Pain
Five Principles
Fifth Vital Sign
Pain Assessment
Begin with the patient
Types of pain

Symptom Management
Two Definitions of Pain

“Pain is whatever the experiencing person says it is; existing whenever he or she says it does.”

—Margo McCaffrey, RN MS

The most widely used definition of pain:

An “unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.’’

—The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)