Sunday, October 23, 2011

Principles and practice of managing pain A guide for nurses and allied health professionals

Publisher: Open University Press
1 Oct 2010
Paperback: 216 pages
ISBN-10: 0335235999
ISBN-13: 978-0335235995

This practical introductory text provides an accessible guide to pain and how it affects patients and care giving. It considers:

1. Different pain types including acute, chronic and palliative
2. Assessing pain
3. Treatment and pharmacology of pain control
4. Challenging situations and dilemmas
5. Communicating with patients in pain
6. Ethical and legal aspects of treating pain 

The book also considers the experience of pain from the patients' perspective, to help healthcare students better understand the needs of patients who are in pain and how they can improve the care they give.
Case studies, tools for decision making, insights on patient experiences and reflective exercises provide opportunities for you to reflect upon your own practice and to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

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