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Prof Nurse. 2003 Jan;18(5):276-9.

Pain assessment: how far have we come in listening to our patients?

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  • 1University of Sheffield, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Sheffield.


Nurses have a key part to play in assessing patient's pain. Listening to the patient is essential and where communication is a problem, for language or other reasons, so is observing patients and talking to those who know them. Various pain assessment tools can be useful but nurses should remain open-minded and, above all, believe what their patients tell them.

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