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 Tools

Brief Pain Inventory
A tool such as the Brief Pain Inventory is used to elicit more information about the patient’s pain experience. Specific information is gathered about the quality, duration, location and other pain issues that will help in determining the type of intervention(s) that can be implemented to best meet that patient’s needs. Review the two pages of the Brief Pain Inventory shown below.

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