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Pain assessment in critical care: what have we learnt from research

Shannon, Kathleen and Bucknall, Tracey 2003, Pain assessment in critical care: what have we learnt from research, Intensive and critical care nursing, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 154-162, doi: 10.1016/S0964-3397(03)00027-2.

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Title Pain assessment in critical care: what have we learnt from research
Author(s) Shannon, Kathleen
Bucknall, Tracey
Journal name Intensive and critical care nursing
Volume number 19
Issue number 3
Start page 154
End page 162
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Place of publication Edinburgh, Scotland
Publication date 2003-06
ISSN 0964-3397
1532-4036
Keyword(s) pain assessment
critical care
documentation
research
Summary Despite an ongoing acknowledgement in the literature that pain is a significant problem within the critical care environment, this issue has not been adequately addressed by critical care nurses. This paper examines strategies for changing pain management practices in critical care, including reviewing documentation practices, the utilisation of guidelines and algorithms to augment clinical decision making, and increasing educational opportunities available to critical care nurses. It is recommended that pain assessment be given a higher priority within the clinical context, particularly as inadequate pain assessment and management has been linked to increased morbidity and mortality within critical care. Importantly, critical care nurses need to not only be aware of research-based pain management practices, but also lead the way in implementation and continuous evaluation as a measure of decreasing patient pain in the future.


Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S0964-3397(03)00027-2
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Elsevier Science Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009303

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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