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.
NHS Choices: 10 ways to reduce pain
NICE Evidence: search for pain guidance
Benzon H T et al (2018) Essentials of pain medicine(4th edition), Philadelphia: Elseiver.
Bonakdar R A and Sukiennik A W (2016) Integrative Pain Management, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Macintyre P and Schug S A (2015) Acute pain management: a practical guide, Boca Ratan: CRC Press.
Norman A (2018) Ask me about my uterus: a quest to make doctors believe in women's pain. New York: Nation Books.
Pickering G and Gibson S (2015) Pain, emotion and cognition: a complex nexus, Cham: Springer.
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