Title

Nonpharmacologic treatment of pain

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

6-1-2001

NLM Title Abbreviation

Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America

PubMed ID

11866404

Abstract

Nonpharmacologic interventions for pain treatment are important complementary therapies but are not substitutes for pharmacologic management of pain. Use of nonpharmacologic pain treatments in critical care settings is helpful to decrease pain, but the challenge remains for nurses to have the knowledge, time, and skill to use these interventions in a busy daily practice with severely ill patients. Although numerous studies testing the effectiveness of nonpharmacologic interventions for pain management are available, the varying methods and interventions used in these studies make it difficult to draw conclusions. Further research on the use of these interventions for pain reduction is necessary to determine the most effective treatments and the conditions under which they should be used.

Keywords

Attention, Cognitive Therapy/methods, Cold Temperature, Hot Temperature/therapeutic use, Humans, Pain/therapy, Physical Therapy Modalities/methods, Relaxation Therapy, Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation, Vibration

Published Article/Book Citation

Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, 13:2 (2001) pp.221-232.

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/1640