This ambitious and long-awaited volume brings together foremost nursing scholars and educators to review and critique the state of nursing research across topics most relevant to current practice. Comprehensive in scope, cogent and truly thought provoking, a book such as the Handbook for Clinical Nursing Research is a must-have shelf reference for every nurse carrying out research or aspiring to conduct research and for those who teach them.
Chapter 21: Managing Pain
Management of pain is integral to nursing practice, and there has, fortunately, been a wealth of nursing research in this area. Pain is one of the most distressing aspects of illness; it transcends all clinical settings, patient populations, and ages. Pain is a critical problem in acute, chronic, and terminal illness care.
The significance of pain to the core of nursing is evident in professional code4s and philosophies. Medical care is primarily focused on diagnosis and treatment of disease, but nursing care is focused on the patient experience of illness and relief of symptoms. Nursing care is also family ...