Pain Management Analytical Essay by Nicky

Pain Management
Describes pain management and steps that patients can take to help with pain.
# 148113 | 1,835 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Aug 31, 2011 in Medical and Health (General) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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This essay discusses the many components of pain management from a research point of view. It begins by defining what pain is and what some people do to manage it. It continues on to present various ways to manage pain and what practitioners to see. The writer then discusses ways to help children communicate their pain and the studies being done on the subject.

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From the Paper:

"Inadequate pain communication between patients and practitioners seems to be a problem among both children and older adults. This lack of communication results in sustained or increased pain for patients. Researchers have shown that pain remained undiagnosed for 53% of patients with moderate pain and 30% with severe pain during physician visits, which shows that the pain was not addressed even though it should have been (McDonald, Shea, Fedo, Rose, Bacon, Noble, and Stewart, 2008).
"Paying attention to other people when communicating tends to provide information that can greatly enhance communication. The biggest problem when it comes to pain management seems to be having a clear and understandable way in which both children and older adults can communicate their pain levels. Approximation strategies are often used to try and determine pain levels. These strategies involve evaluating the patient's speech rate, clarity, and language, and then asking them to approximate the amount of pain that they are in. It is felt that there needs to be programs put into place that teach people with pain problems how to use approximation strategies. The patients need to be taught a common pain language which will help them to increase their ability to communicate their pain so that their pain can be significantly reduced or alleviated all together (McDonald, Shea, Fedo, Rose, Bacon, Noble, and Stewart, 2008)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Kortesluoma, Riitta-Liisa . ""You Just Have to make the Pain Go Away"--Children's Experience of Pain Management." Pain Management Nursing. 9.4 (2008)143-149.
  • McDonald, Deborah Dillon., Shea, Maura., Fedo, John., Rose, Leonie., Bacon, Katie.,Noble, Karl., and Stewart, Jill. "Older Adult Pain Communication and the Brief Pain Inventory Short Form." Pain Management Nursing. (2008) 154-159.
  • Kirk, Timothy W. "Managing Pain, Managing Ethics." Pain Management Nursing. 8.1(2007) 25-34.
  • Clark, Lauren., Fink, Regina., Pennington, Karen., and Jones, Katherine. "Nurses' Reflection on Pain Management in Nursing Home Setting." Pain Management Nursing. 7.2 (2006) 71-77.

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