Tailor pain tools to patient

October 2011
Hospice Management Advisor;Oct2011, Vol. 16 Issue 10, p112
The article discusses that language and cultural beliefs can influence the accuracy of pain assessment tools used by hospice staff, as visual and numeric scales for pain differ across cultures. It suggests that nurses need to talk to patients about their views on pain, as this will help determine the best way to approach pain control. Included are comments from Hank Willner, hospice medical director and palliative care consultant for Capital Caring in Falls Church, Virginia.


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