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Chronic pain: how to support patients by asking the right questions

What you need to know about assessing an individual’s experience of pain
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What you need to know about assessing an individual’s experience of pain

Wherever you practise, the likelihood is you’ll be dealing with a high percentage of patients in pain, whether chronic, acute or a combination of both.

‘It’s so prevalent,’ says Emma Davies, an advanced pharmacist practitioner at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board in Swansea. ‘In around 90% of hospital admissions, pain is an associated presenting symptom. As many as 50% of the population may be living with pain.’

Pain management role

As nursing staff spend so much time with patients, they can play a major role in its management. ‘Nurses are in a really good position to be able to support people,’ says Ms Davies. ‘They’re the professionals who have the most one-to-one time with patients


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