Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Comprehensive Pain Assessment

  • A person who has screened positive for the presence, or risk of, any type of pain requires a further comprehensive and systematic approach to pain assessment to address:
  • Previous pain history;
  • Sensory characteristics of pain (severity, quality, temporal features, location and what makes the pain better or worse);
  • Impact of pain on usual everyday activities (ability to work, sleep, experience enjoyment);
  • Psychosocial impacts of pain on oneself or others (depression, financial); and
  • Interventions used in the past that were found to manage pain effectively
Clinical Management
Assessment and Management of Pain - 3rd Edition
Point of Care Resources