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Pain prevalence at a Swedish university hospital: 65% of inpatients reported pain in the past 24 h
  1. Gareth Parsons
  1. Department of Care Sciences, University of Glamorgan – HESAS, Pontypridd, UK
  1. Correspondence to Gareth Parsons
    Department of Care Sciences, University of Glamorgan – HESAS, Glyntaf Campus, Pontypridd, CF37 1DL, UK; gparsons{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Patients with severe pain are found in all clinical settings;

  • The use of pain assessment tools by nurses is generally poor;

  • The use of a pain assessment tool is a means of involving patients in their pain management;

  • Patients' satisfaction with involvement in their pain management is an area worthy of further research.


Pain assessment, using an appropriate assessment tool, is a quality of marker1 2 and provides a method of evaluating the effectiveness …

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