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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: 10/02/2022

Key Resources

British pain society (2019) Outcome measures. London: BPS.

SIGN (2019) Guidelines: Management of chronic pain.
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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

NHS England: Opioid prescribing for chronic pain.
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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.


Benzon - essentials of pain Benzon H T et al (2018) Essentials of pain medicine. 4th edn. Philadelphia: Elseiver.
Book cover Breivik H, Campbell, W I and Nicholas M (2019) Clinical pain management: practice and procedures. 2nd edn. Boca Raton: CRC Press.
Carayannopoulos - comprehensive Carayannopoulos A (2017) Comprehensive pain management in the rehabilitation patient. Berlin: Springer.
Book cover DaƄczak A and Lazenby N (2020) Pain: management, expression, interpretation. Freeland: Interdisciplinary Press.
Book cover D'Arcy Y and Kiley D (2020) Pain management in primary care: essential knowledge for APRNs and PAs. New York:Springer.
Denyy enny E (2018) Pain: key themes in health and social care. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Book cover Dragojlovic A and Broom A (2018) Bodies and suffering: emotions and relations of care. Routledge: London. 
Book cover Jackson G (2019) Pain and prejudice: a call to arms for women and their bodies. London: Piatkus.
Book cover showing a stylised person with long, dark hair on a green hill-like background. Miranda H (2019) Rethinking pain: how to live well despite chronic pain. London: Hammersmith Health Books.
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.
Book cover Pickering G, Zwakhalen S and Kaasalainen S (2018) Pain management in older adults: a nursing perspective. Cham: Springer.
Book cover Rosenquist R W and Cheng J (2018) Fundamentals of pain medicine. Cham: Springer.
Book cover with gold writing on a dark blue background. Turk D (2018) Psychological approaches to pain management : a practitioner's handbook. 3rd edn. New York: The Guilford Press.
Book cover Yong R J, Nguyen M, Nelson E and Urman R D (2017) Pain medicine: an essential review. Cham: Springer.

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Journal articles


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