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Assessing pain in palliative care patients


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Pain is one of the most significant symptoms in patients receiving palliative care, and a good understanding of the patient's pain is the cornerstone of developing a treatment plan. Thisresource, updated in 2017, examines the assessment of pain in palliative care patients. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include checking psychological symptoms, assessment tools such as the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, and outcome measures.


After completing this resource, you should be better able to:

  • Understand the causes of pain in palliative care patients
  • Assess the pain
  • Use pain assessment tools to quantify the pain


Dr Patricia Macnair, Specialty doctor in care of the elderly, Surrey Community Health and Dr Ravi Ramanathan, GP, London

This resource is provided at an intermediate level by MIMS Learning. Read the article and reflect on what you have learned, then answer the test questions at the end.

Complete the resource to obtain a certificate of completion to include in your revalidation portfolio. You should record the time spent on this resource in your CPD log.


End of life care: doing it better Professor Keri Thomas, Tom Tanner and Julie Armstrong Wilson

Anxiety and depression: the hidden cost of long-term conditions Joanne M Haws