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
Pain Assessment

“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.