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.

Chronic Non-malignant Pain

Chronic Non-malignant Pain

Chronic non-malignant pain

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives of this chapter are to:

  • recognize the socio-economic and quality-of-life issues associated with chronic pain
  • know that chronic pain requires a biopsychosocial approach to diagnosis, treatment and care
  • understand the nurse's role in the care of patients of all ages living in the community with chronic pain
  • recognize how the different roles of the multidisciplinary team contribute to maximizing the patient's rehabilitation and function


This chapter discusses:

  • types of chronic non-malignant pain experienced across the lifespan;
  • the nurse's role as part of the multidisciplinary team giving interdisciplinary care to relieve symptoms and suffering;
  • care systems for patients with chronic non-malignant pain.

Chronic pain of non-malignant origin is generally referred to as chronic pain. Cancer pain, which is pain of malignant origin, is discussed in ...

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