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No nurse should lack the training and support to manage patients’ pain

The resources exist to help you challenge inadequate care, says the RCN’s pain forum chair

The resources exist to help you address poor pain management, says the RCN’s pain forum chair

People over 60, historically defined as older, continue to report unrelieved pain to their GP, pharmacist, nurse and care providers. This is despite the fact that as we age we are less likely to report pain, and even after a widely publicised update of national guidance on pain assessment in older people last year.

The national guidance followed a review of the literature, which concluded that self-reporting of pain by patients remains the gold standard, even in people with mild dementia. However, it championed the use of a pain tool, coupled with explanation to the person each time it is used.

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