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This module introduces the learner to pain assessment, covering important aspects of the history and examination, and how to ascertain the type and likely cause of the pain.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module the learner should be able to

  • describe the PQRST method for pain assessment
  • list the key steps in evaluating pain according to the WHO guidelines
  • name four common causes of pain in cancer patients
  • list at least two characteristics of each of the main types of pain




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