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Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2005 May;23(2):285-95.

Pain assessment instruments for use in the emergency department.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Pain and Emergency Medicine Institute, Beth Israel Medical Center, First Avenue at 16th Street, New York, NY 10003, USA. ktodd@bethisraelny.org

Abstract

Each patient's pain experience is uniquely his or her own. Standardized pain assessment methodologies and procedures provide a window to this experience and constitute a necessary first step to our understanding of pain, in both clinical and research settings. All too often, emergency department pain assessment is cursory--performed more to satisfy regulatory requirements than to guide our therapies or evaluate our practices. This article provides information on a number of assessment techniques that are appropriate for clinical and research use. Their use should inform our practice and lead to continuous improvements in our management of pain.

PMID:
15829383
DOI:
10.1016/j.emc.2004.12.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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