Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) Evidenced Based Safety Handbook for Nurses

Federal Educational Resource: Chapter 17: Improving the Quality of Care Through Pain Assessment and Management

At some point in life, virtually everyone experiences some type of pain. Pain is often classified as acute or chronic. Acute pain, such as postoperative pain, subsides as healing takes place. Chronic pain is persistent and is subdivided into cancer-related pain and nonmalignant pain, such as arthritis, low-back pain, and peripheral neuropathy. These authors will draw from the body of knowledge related to chronic pain; however, this chapter will focus on the evidence supporting management of acute pain experienced by hospitalized adults.



Primary Focus Professional Education on Pain Management Nursing Care
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