Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Pain Management Strategy Education

  • A person and their family and caregivers should receive education on both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions in the care plan, the potential adverse effects of those interventions and information to correct inaccurate beliefs and ease concerns to prevent or minimize fears about management of their pain
  • Education should include:
    • Reinforcing the importance of communicating pain;
    • How and when to communicate one’s pain experience;
    • Explaining communication of pain is not perceived by health-care professionals as complaining;
    • Information on pharmacological, physical and psychological pain management options, emphasizing both risks and benefits
    • Information on potential adverse effects and strategies for dealing with them
Clinical Management
Assessment and Management of Pain - 3rd Edition
Point of Care Resources