Pain is a challenging area to understand for any healthcare professional, and quality training on the subject is required if nurses are to provide effective pain management and person-centred care. Based on the curriculum developed by the International Association for the Study of Pain, this book offers an essential guide to managing pain. It begins with an examination of the biology of pain, and then goes on to consider pain management across the lifecourse, looking at key topics including acute pain, cancer pain and pharmacology. Case scenarios are included throughout the book to help readers apply the knowledge they have learned to their own practice.It will be valuable reading for undergraduate nurses, and essential for those taking continuing professional development and postgraduate courses in pain management.

Quality, Safety and Organizational Issues in Pain Management

Quality, Safety and Organizational Issues in Pain Management

Quality, safety and organizational issues in pain management

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives of this chapter are to:

  • recognize the types of barrier to achieving quality and safety in pain management
  • recognize the importance of pain education of all healthcare professionals
  • understand that patient education is an essential aspect of nursing care of the person with pain
  • consider risk factors and the clinical decision making for each patient requiring pain treatment and management


Barriers to optimal pain management are multifactorial. Each barrier constitutes a problem and is not of itself the entire problem, so achieving quality and safety in pain management requires identifying multiple barriers and addressing each one. This chapter explores governmental and professional projects which aim to identify barriers and challenges ...

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