Pain Management – Assessment
“Pain can be managed. Physicians must determine the severity and frequency of their patients’ pain experience to prescribe the most appropriate and effective pain management regimen. Pain treatment needs to be individualized.
The goal of the initial assessment of pain is to characterize the pain by location, intensity and aggravating and relieving factors. Frequently, a 10-point Numeric Pain Intensity Scale or Visual Analog Scale is used to facilitate communication between the patient and health care professionals, and to monitor the adequacy of therapy. Regular follow up should occur and routine recording of pain intensity along with other vital signs is recommended.