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
Phone advice for prescribers – Decision Assist 1300 668 908
The Decision Assist Phone Advisory Service is available to assist GPs and health professionals working with older Australians. Call 1300 668 908 for the cost of a local call at any time to receive specialist advice on all your patient or client palliative care needs or advance care planning information (from 8am until 8pm).
From: Decision Assist