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Assessing and managing pain are essential components of nursing practice. Pain is often categorised as acute or chronic but it is a complex physical, psychological and social phenomenon that is uniquely subjective. Pain traverses all clinical settings and the age spectrum. (RCN, 2015, Pain knowledge and skills framework). Use this guide to find information resources about pain including books, journal articles and reports.

Last updated: 16/04/2019

Key Resources

RCN: Easy read guides for pain.
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Royal College of Nursing (2015) Pain knowledge and skills framework for the nursing team, London: RCN.
British Pain Society (2013) Guidelines for pain management programmes for adults, London: BPS.
Faculty of Pain Medicine (2015) Core standards for pain management services in the UK, London: Royal College of Anaesthetists.
Faculty of Pain Medicine (2016) Opioids aware: a resource for patients and healthcare professionals to support prescribing of opioid medicines for pain, London: Royal College of Anaesthetists.

NHS Choices: 10 ways to reduce pain

NICE Evidence: search for pain guidance

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Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network (2013) Management of chronic pain: SIGN guideline 136, Edinburgh: SIGN.
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We would like to thank the RCN Pain and Palliative Care member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.


Ali Understanding pain: an introduction for patients and caregivers Ali N (2015) Understanding pain: an introduction for patients and caregivers, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.
Benzon - essentials of pain

Benzon H T et al (2018) Essentials of pain medicine(4th edition), Philadelphia: Elseiver.

Bonakdar Intergrative

Bonakdar R A and Sukiennik A W (2016) Integrative Pain Management, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Bourke  The story of pain Bourke J (2014) The story of pain: from prayer to painkillers, Oxford: OUP Oxford.
Carayannopoulos - comprehensive Carayannopoulos A (2017) Comprehensive pain management in the rehabilitation patient, Berlin: Springer.
Haines Pain is really strange Haines S (2015) Pain is really strange, London: Singing Dragon.
Macintyre Schug  Acute pain management

Macintyre P and Schug S A (2015) Acute pain management: a practical guide, Boca Ratan: CRC Press.

Norman - ask me

Norman A (2018) Ask me about my uterus: a quest to make doctors believe in women's pain. New York: Nation Books.

Pickering Pain, Emotion and Cognition

Pickering  G and Gibson S (2015) Pain, emotion and cognition: a complex nexus, Cham: Springer.

Przekop Conquer chronic pain Przekop P (2015) Conquer chronic pain: an innovative mind body approach, Centre City Minn: Hazelden Publishing. 
Van Griensven Pain a textbook for Van Griensven H (2014) Pain: a textbook for health professionals, Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

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BJN Journals of interest for pain. Use these links to see details of availability.

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