Ashby, M. E. and Dowding, C., 2001. Hospice care and patients' pain: communication between patients, relatives, nurses and doctors. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 7 (2), pp. 58-67.
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This article describes a study that sought to assess how patients, relatives, doctors and nurses in a palliative care unit viewed pain and pain management, and how standards and expectations for pain relief can be raised by upholding statements of care and agreed partnership values. The results showed that research-based pain management enables the provision of pain control that is acceptable to patients, relatives, doctors and nurses. By valuing patient-centred care, where assessment tools assist communication and information sharing, a partnership of care is established in which patient and professional autonomy are recognized and respected, international recommendations for pain relief are practised and professional codes of conduct upheld. Good pain management requires accurate assessment which is best achieved by open and honest discussion in a supportive environment. Hospices provide specialist symptom control aimed at improving quality of life for patients with advanced disease. They are not only an ideal setting to provide evidence for practice, but also a learning environment for specialist understanding of symptom control and a resource base for other professionals.
|Subjects:||Technology > Medicine and Health > Nursing and Midwifery|
|Group:||School of Health and Social Care|
|Deposited By:||Mr Adam Field|
|Deposited On:||06 Aug 2007|
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