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Access to pain management from a legal and human rights perspective.

  • Academic Journal
  • Ogston-Tuck S; Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester, Worcester, England.
  • Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987) [Nurs Stand] 2022 Aug 31; Vol. 37 (9), pp. 75-79. Date of Electronic Publication: 2022 Aug 15.
  • English
  • Patients who experience pain require adequate pain management provided by healthcare professionals who have access to pain relief medicines and are trained in the assessment and treatment of pain. Patients also need their pain to be acknowledged, understood and believed. These patient needs in relation to pain management can be considered from a legal and human rights perspective. This article describes human rights legislation in the UK, how it affects healthcare practice and what it means for healthcare professionals. It discusses barriers to pain management, the concept of pain management as a human right, the obligation of healthcare organisations to provide pain management and the limits to patients' rights to pain management. Finally, it proposes strategies that nurses can use to uphold a patient's human rights in relation to pain management.
    Competing Interests: None declared
    (© 2022 RCN Publishing Company Ltd. All rights reserved. Not to be copied, transmitted or recorded in any way, in whole or part, without prior permission of the publishers.)
Additional Information
Publisher: RCNi Country of Publication: England NLM ID: 9012906 Publication Model: Print-Electronic Cited Medium: Internet ISSN: 2047-9018 (Electronic) Linking ISSN: 00296570 NLM ISO Abbreviation: Nurs Stand
Publication: : London : RCNi
Original Publication: Harrow, Middx. : [Scutari Projects Ltd., 1987-
Keywords: Human Rights Act; clinical; ethical issues; human rights; legal issues; pain; pain management; professional
Date Created: 20220815 Date Completed: 20220908 Latest Revision: 20220919