Flowchart - Pain assessment and management
Cancer Guidelines Wiki: Overview of pain assessment and management in cancer
Ref: Australian Adult Cancer Pain Management Guideline Working Party. Australian clinical pathway for screening, assessment and management of cancer pain in adults. Sydney: Cancer Council Australia.
Prescribing guidance - Pain
Cancer Guidelines Wiki: Pharmacological management
This guideline provides brief, point-of-care recommendations for screening, assessment and management of cancer-related pain in adults. It focuses on chronic pain rather than acute pain caused by cancer treatments or pain in cancer survivors (which is best addressed by referral to a specialist pain medicine physician).
Ref: Australian Adult Cancer Pain Management Working Group. Pharmacological management [Internet]. 2014 [updated 2014 Jun 6; cited 2015 May 01].
Opioid calculator for opioid dose conversions
EviQ opioid calculator
Use the EviQ opioid calculator to assist with estimating equianalgesic doses of opioids
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From: Cancer Institute, NSW.
Assessment tool - Wong Baker Faces tool
Wong Baker Faces tool
A pain assessment tool developed for use in children, suitable for anyone over the age of 3
Ref: Wong DL, Baker CM. Pain in children: comparison of assessment scales. Pediatr Nurs. 1998 Jan-Feb;14(1):9-17. (3.20MB pdf)
Assessment tool - Abbey Pain Scale
Abbey Pain Scale (125kb pdf)
A pain assessment tool developed for use in those with dementia who are unable to communicate
Ref: Abbey J, De Bellis A, Piller N, Esterman A, Giles L, Parker D, et al. Abbey Pain Scale. Funded by the JH & JD Gunn Medical Research Foundation 1998–2002.
More information - Pain assessment in older people
Pain management poster (2.25MB pdf)
Contains information on identifying pain types, signs of pain in older people, and non-pharmacological options for pain management
Ref: Pain in Residential Aged Care Facilities - Management Strategies. The Australian Pain Society, 2005.
Evidence summary - Pain
Summarises the palliative care literature