Pain assessment in respiratory disease

Elaine Cachia, Jason Boland and Sam H. Ahmedzai

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Second edition

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199591763
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739149 | DOI:

Series: Supportive Care Series

Pain assessment in respiratory disease

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This chapter discusses pain assessment in respiratory disease. Assessment of the patient's experience of pain in respiratory disease is crucial to providing effective pain management. A systematic approach for evaluating pain includes a thorough history followed by a pain assessment tool, physical examination, and any relevant investigations. Pain should be frequently re-evaluated. It is important to: illustrate the pain report and its impact of activities of daily living and quality of life and this could be aided with an assessment tool; understand the pathophysiology of pain; be sure of the extent of the disease and any reversible symptoms and any available treatment; know what has already been done with regards to investigations and interventions for the pain and what helped; and be aware of comorbidities and psychosocial factors that could influence pain experience.

Keywords: respiratory illness; pain management; pain assessment; pain experience; comorbidities

Chapter.  2783 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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