Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Helping People Manage their Pain

  • You may need to seek assistance from a health-care professional when you have concerns about people you care for who are in pain.
  • If the person you care for has pain, there are many resources that can help. Nurses and other health-care professionals are available to help you find effective ways to assist the person you care for.
  • Nurses and other health-care professionals use the following principles and they can help you understand about managing pain:
    • Pain is unique and different for each person.
    • Pain that continues after a treatment must be assessed by health-care professionals to identify the best possible way to manage the person’s pain.
    •  People experiencing pain and their families need to be involved in decisions about the care and management of pain.
    • A variety of health-care professionals may be involved in the assessment and management of pain, especially if the person’s pain is complex.
  • To view the complete Helping People Manage their Pain Health Education fact sheet click here
Clinical Management
Assessment and Management of Pain - 3rd Edition
Client and Family Education