Pain: Assessing Pain in Hospice Palliative Care

Symptom management in hospice palliative care is essential.

Kath Murray speaks passionately about best practices for assessing pain, using best practices and CHPCA principles for providing excellent hospice palliative care.

Timeline

  • 0’20” Why do we assess pain?
  • 0’45” Whose role is it to assess pain?
  • 2’24” First question often asked is “Do you have pain?”
  • 2’30 Using the Edmonton Symptom Assessement Scale – ESAS.
  • 3’15” Other words to use when asking for pain?
  • 3’58” Goals of a pain assessment.
  • 5’00” Using the Fraser Health Symptom Assessment Acronym (FHSAA) – OPQRSTUV.
  • 6’15” Questions to use with OPQRSTUV.
  • 14’35” Physical Examination.
  • 16’02” Assessing pain and symptoms in individuals with cognitive impairment.
  • 18’18” Using the PAINAD
  • 19’04” What happens with the pain assessment?
  • 19’50” Just the facts please – communicating the relevant information to the Dr or supervisor.
  • 21’30” Overview of the Pain assessment in the DVD.
  • 23’00 Summary.

Chapter 2, Enhancing comfort and managing symptoms, Essentials in Hospice Palliative Care, 2nd Edition, Katherine Murray, 2009.

Study Guide for Nurses, Enhancing comfort and managing symptoms, Essentials in Hospice Palliative Care Workbook, 2009.

Video – Managing Pain

Credits
Written and recorded by Katherine Murray, All Rights Reserved, Life and Death Matters, 2010.