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Critically analyse 2-4 facilitators and/or barriers to effective pain assessment, within a clinical setting.
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FACILITATORS AND/OR BARRIERS TO EFFECTIVE PAIN ASSESSMENT WITHIN A CLINICAL SETTING Name: Institution: Course: Tutor: Date: Introduction Pain is an experience a human being undergoes which is difficult to define and describe (Brennan 2007). According to Brennan (2007), pain is unique to every individual as individuals have different perceptions and tolerance on pain.
This highlights that the control of pain is a serious issue for a large number of patients that are hospitalized (Daniel & Carr 2001). This essay will explore lack of knowledge and attitude as nurse-related barriers to effective pain assessment and management with respect to elderly patients. Communication will also be discussed as patient-related barrier in assessing and managing pain. These barriers will be further explored and discussed throughout this essay and will be supported by the relevant literature. Furthermore, the discussion will also concentrate on how these barriers can be overcome using various educational texts, within the healthcare context. There is a lot of evidence to demonstrate that nurses a have poor knowledge about pain and its management. For instance, Howell et al, (2000) in a study serves to confirm this postulation due to relatively poor educational curriculum for nurses in UK. A recent study carried out by Carr (2001) also suggests that modern-day nursing and medical education programs do not equip health care professionals with significant information on the nature of pain, the methods of pain assessments and the principles of pain management hence bringing about barriers to effective pain management. ...
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