Pain management in the critically ill is a challenge and a problem of great concern for critical care nurses. The authors review research on pain in the areas of pain assessment, nurses’ knowledge and attitudes, pharmacologic interventions, and nonpharmacologic interventions for the management of pain. Although the research base is not completely developed in the critically ill population, implications for practice are provided, based upon the findings in populations akin to the critically ill. Strategies are outlined for achieving improved pain control in critical care units through education, adoption of standards on pain management, and quality improvement activities
Skip Nav Destination
Research-Based Practice| May 01 1994
Pain Management in the Critically Ill: What Do We Know and How Can We Improve?
Michele A. Alpen, RN, MA, CCRN;
From the The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa.
Reprint requests to Michele A. Alpen, RN, MA, CCRN, C-512 General Hospital, The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242-1009.
Search for other works by this author on:
AACN Adv Crit Care (1994) 5 (2): 159–168.
- Views Icon Views
- Share Icon Share
Michele A. Alpen, Marita G. Titler; Pain Management in the Critically Ill: What Do We Know and How Can We Improve?. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 May 1994; 5 (2): 159–168. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/15597768-1994-2008
Download citation file: