Definitions of Pain
Duty to Relieve Pain
Fifth Vital Sign
Begin with the patient
Types of pain
“If we cannot assess pain, we will never be able to relieve pain.”
Betty Ferrell, PhD. FAAN
One reason pain is not assessed regularly is that healthcare providers are unfamiliar with the process, and do not know how to use the pain assessment tools that are available.
Initial and ongoing pain assessments are fundamental to adequate pain management. Knowing what type of pain the patient is experiencing, how it affects them in different spheres of their lives, and what to do with the pain once it is assessed are all part of a good pain assessment.