Considerations on out-of-hospital pain assessment of a diverse population

Alinier, Guillaume and Dippenaar, Enrico and Gangaram, Padarath (2021) Considerations on out-of-hospital pain assessment of a diverse population. International Paramedic Practice, 11 (4). pp. 99-102. ISSN 2052-4889

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Abstract

Nearly all medical emergency calls are related to someone experiencing some form of discomfort—either due to trauma or pain. Initial pain assessment may be undertaken over the telephone by an emergency medical dispatcher, without seeing the patient; however, the next key moment in pain assessment is completed patient-side by the paramedic. This inquiry is detailed and guides the paramedic in the formation of a differential diagnosis and provision of appropriate pain management. The research team recently conducted and published a study on pain assessment which raised concerns on the subjectivity of pain scoring. The work presented was in the context of a very multicultural environment. The aim of this commentary article is to further explore this topic and encourage health professionals to reflect on this aspect of patient assessment.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Pain assessment, Wong-Baker FACES®, Pain Rating Scale, Cultural bias, Ethnicity
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2022 09:38
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2022 15:22
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/707218

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