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Nurses call for better pain assessment in hospitals

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Swedish nurse researchers have called for greater pain assessment in hospitals after finding 65% of patients have problems.

Nearly two-thirds of the 759 hospital inpatients who took part in a survey had experienced pain in the last 24 hours and 42% of those rated their pain as more than seven out of ten, where 10 was the worst pain imaginable.

Although 80% of patients had been asked about their pain levels by staff, less than half of those had been asked to rate their pain on a simple scale.

The authors said: “Using a pain assessment tool such as the Numeric Rating Scale helps patients to express their pain, makes them feel involved in their care and improves communication.”

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