Nursing Perspective on Pain Management

  • Ena Williams


Clinicians who care for patients have an ethical obligation to relieve pain and suffering using a combination of approaches including medical, pharmacological, and psychological. According to the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the most reliable indicator of the existence and intensity of pain is the patient’s self-report (Potter and Perry 2009).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ena Williams
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  1. 1.Yale-New Haven HospitalNew HavenUSA

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