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.

Communication in Pain Management

Communication in Pain Management

Communication in pain management

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives of this chapter are to:

  • understand the components of the biopsychsocial model and patient-centred care
  • be familiar with the conditions and skills for optimal nurse–patient communication
  • recognize effective communication strategies in pain management
  • recognize the need to listen to the patient's narrative of their pain experience


A humanistic approach to nursing care (i.e. an approach concerned with the welfare and dignity of humans) complements other nursing patient care approaches. The meaning of nursing derives from synonyms of the word ‘nurse’ which infer healing, fostering and sustaining. They signify that the aim of nursing is to promote an outcome of patient well-being through developmental, progressive and sustaining participatory processes. Nursing processes, through valuing the individual's or groups’ capacity for ...

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