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Nursing Considerations 

Nursing Considerations
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Nursing Considerations
Author(s):

Kimberly Berger

and Christine Wierzbowski

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199349302.003.0015
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date: 23 October 2019

This chapter examines nursing perspectives on chronic pain management for hospitalized patients. Chronic pain is a common condition that has a significant impact on individuals’ inpatient experience. It can also all too often be disregarded as nurses and physicians focus instead on acute and underlying conditions. Persistent pain affects the experience of those who suffer as well as that of their loved ones, visiting family and friends. The bedside nurse must be knowledgeable in pain management in order to provide accurate and appropriate information. When patients have a thorough and valid understanding of why a pain management program has been prescribed and how it will help, they are much more likely to adhere to the program and subsequently have potentially better control of their pain.

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