Best Practice Guidelines for Pain Assessment Introduction I work on a medsurg unit where pain is a major issue and is caused by a multitude of factors. When pain is ineffectively assessed or inadequately treated, the consequences are observed in physiological and psychological impacts on clients. Pain can affect clients’ recovery from illness, be detrimental to their physical and emotional functioning, and seriously reduce their quality of life (RNAO, 2002). The RNAO (2002) developed a BPG related to pain assessment and management which is based in various levels of evidence and most importantly is directed toward all domains of the person. There are multiple types of pain as well as many groups of clients to consider but the BPG addresses...The end:
.....& Thiemann, L. (2009). Evidence-based practice for lifelong learning. AANA Journal, 77(6), 423-427. Pipe, T. & Wellik , K. (2005). Implementing evidence-based nursing practice. Urologic Nursing, 25(5), 365-372. Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (2002). Nursing best practice guideline: Assessment & management of pain. Accessed November 9, 2010. http://www.rnao.org/Storage/29/2351_BPG_Pain_and_Supp.pdf Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (2002b). Toolkit: Implementation of clinical practice guidelines. Accessed November 10, 2010. http://www.rnao.org/Storage/12/668_BPG_Toolkit.pdf Titler , G. (2005). Pain management is often inadequate for older adult patients hospitalized for surgery. Medsurg Nursing, 14(6), 401-402.