Journal of Clinical Nursing

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Edited By: Editor-in-Chief: Debra Jackson Editors: Sue Barnason, Carol Haigh, Leslie Gelling and Graeme D Smith

Impact Factor: 1.233

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 28/105 (Nursing (Social Science)); 32/107 (Nursing (Science))

Online ISSN: 1365-2702

VI: Pain


Carol Haigh, Editor, Journal of Clinical Nursing
November 2013

Pain and pain management continues to be a heatedly discussed topic whenever nurse practitioners and educationalists talk about clinical practice and patient experience. Despite numerous policies and procedure, improved pharmaceuticals and more enlightened prescribing practices pain management remains one of the key areas for improvement. The collection of papers included within this Virtual Issue highlight the complexity of ensuring adequate pain relief across various clinical settings and patient groups.

It is noticeable that pain assessment is still seen a the fundamental key to ensuring satisfactory pain management, yet little work has been done to evaluate the outcomes of the assessment and how that information can be used to promote better pain management across disparate disciplines and clinical specialities. The final paper in this virtual issue suggests a new approach to using pain assessment data that could contribute to enhanced service delivery.

Why is pain still not being assessed adequately? Results of a pain prevalence study in a university hospital in Sweden
Barbro Wadensten, Camilla Fröjd, Christine L Swenne, Torsten Gordh, and Lena Gunningberg

Systematic pain assessment using an observational scale in nursing home residents with dementia: exploring feasibility and applied interventions
Sandra MG Zwakhalen, Charlotte E van't Hof and Jan PH Hamers

Challenges faced by nurses in managing pain in a critical care setting
Pathmawathi Subramanian, Nick Allcock, Veronica James, and Judith Lathlean

Pain assessments in day surgery patients
Ulrica Nilsson, and Ewa Idvall

Observing pain management practice on a medical unit following changes arising from an action research study
Julie Gregory, and Heather Waterman

Routines and rituals: a grounded theory of the pain management of drug users in acute care settings
May McCreaddie, Imogen Lyons, Debbie Watt, Elspeth Ewing, Jeanette Croft, Marion Smith, and Jennifer Tocher

Measuring and improving the quality of postoperative epidural analgesia for major abdominal surgery using statistical process control charts
Fiona Duncan, and Carol Haigh

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