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.

Acute Pain

Acute pain

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives of this chapter are to:

  • understand that biopsychosocial pain assessment is vital in the context of acute pain
  • appreciate the severity of post-operative tonsillectomy pain and the need for pre-operative parent and child education
  • understand the different components of shock-associated acute pain
  • recognize the need for early examination and pain relief for patients with acute pain


This chapter gives an overview of the etiology and management of acute pain. Because causes of acute pain are extensive and diverse, some examples of the most commonly occurring acute pain types are outlined. For some human body regions, distinguishing between acute and chronic pain can be diagnostically challenging. This is particularly the case for abdominal pain and chest pain, which, when acute, carry potentially life-threatening ...

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