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Identifying Pain in Those Who Can’t Communicate it

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives
Location
Online
Delivery
Online
Duration
4 minutes
Provider
Ausmed

For patients who do not have the capacity to communicate, pain can be overlooked, causing significant but unnecessary discomfort and distress.

Defining Pain

Pain is complex, subjective and varying. The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) (2017) defines pain as ‘an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage’.

Pain can range from mild to severe, affecting a localised area or several parts of the body. It is a highly personal experience that varies in intensity depending on the individual, even if caused by the same stimulus (Shiel 2017, 2018).

Rather than purely causing physical discomfort, pain may also have implications on an individual’s emotional or mental wellbeing (Painaustralia 2016).

There are three types of pain:

  • Acute pain is usually temporary and sudden, with a clearly defined trigger. It eventually resolves once the underlying cause has been addressed.
  • Chronic pain is persistent, often lasting for weeks, months or years. It may be triggered by an underlying condition, be a condition in its own right, or have no clear cause.
  • Cancer pain is associated with early-stage or advanced disease, or may be the side-effect of treatment.
  • Delivery
    Title
    Identifying Pain in Those Who Can’t Communicate it
    Speciality Classification
    Interest Areas / Topics Covered
    Chronic Conditions and Disease Management, Palliative care, Pain management
    Location
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    Duration
    4 minutes
    Start Date
    09-Jun-2020
    End Date
    09-Jun-2023
    CPD Points
    4 minutes of CPD
    Price
    Free
    Location
    Online
    Price:
    Free
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