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Implications for practice and research
Greater attention should be placed on assessing pain independently of vital signs, when there is evidence of pain that needs to be relieved.
Future research needs to examine the development and implementation of minimum standards for clinicians assessing and responding to pain in hospitalised patients.
Despite advancements in pain control, patients’ experience of pain continues to be a major problem. There have been no hospitalwide studies conducted on pain levels of whole populations of patients admitted to different clinical settings and monitored across time. This study involved examining patients’ intensity of pain at different times during their inpatient stay. The authors explored clinically significant pain (CSP), which they defined as patients' pain scores that were in …
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