Journal of Professional Nursing

Post-operative Pain: A Trial of a Pain Assessment Tool 

Chris Tuffnell, RGON, BA, DHA Shirley Clark, (RCompN) 

Reference:  Tuffnell, C., Clark, S. (1988). Post-Operative Pain: A Trial of a Pain Assessment Tool. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 4(1), 19-24.


This study arose from a concern at the lack of knowledge of how nurses made pain assessments and at the lack of documentation of pain monitoring.  We set out to trial a pain assessment tool to see if it was of benefit in assessment and management of the pain of postoperative patients. 

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