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.

Pain and Human Rights

Pain and Human Rights

Pain and human rights

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives of this chapter are to:

  • recognize that the alleviation of pain is a fundamental human right
  • view governments, healthcare professionals and patients as synergistic in improving access to pain treatment and care
  • be aware of the rationale for national pain strategies and local policies, standards and guidelines
  • recognize the need for pain education for healthcare professionals, patients and the general public


This chapter gives an overview of recent progress regarding the development of national pain strategies and addresses the issues of pain and human rights.

Significant barriers to effective pain treatment, which include failures to provide essential medicines and to relieve suffering, as well as human rights abuses, include:

  • the failure of many governments to put in place functioning drug ...
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