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Pain tool audit in coronary care

VOL: 97, ISSUE: 17, PAGE NO: 38Fiona Bett, BA, RGN, is staff nurse, cardiology, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh NHS TrustPain is a complex and subjective experience that is difficult to assess. Many factors influence how it is communicated, including age, culture, gender and personality. The meaning patients attach to pain can also have a profound effect on how they may react to and express their pain (East, 1992).

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