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Pain assessment.

Searle, R. D. and Bennett, Michael I. (2008) Pain assessment. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, 9 (1). pp. 13-15. ISSN 1472-0299

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Abstract

The accurate assessment of acute and chronic pain is challenging. Assessment should be approached by taking a relevant history, examining the patient and ordering suitable investigations if necessary. Pain scales facilitate the initial assessment of the patient and provide a measurement of the success or otherwise of pain-relieving interventions. A comprehensive pain history should investigate both the pain (site, character, context and treatment history) and the patient (including psychosocial yellow and red flag markers of life-threatening pathology, anxiety and depression). The aims of examination and investigation are to document baseline signs and look for potential underlying causes of the pain. Investigations can include blood tests, anatomical investigations or functional investigations.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: examination ; investigations ; pain scales ; red flags ; yellow flags
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 32230
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 12 Mar 2010 13:52
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:07
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/32230

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