Assessing Pain & Discomfort Levels in Patients


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What is pain?

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1. You are caring for a young man who was in an automobile accident earlier today and has abrasions to both arms and a fractured leg. _____ is pain that starts suddenly and is a result of an injury.

2. You are caring for a woman who complains of lower back pain. She had a fractured bone in her back with nerve damage several years ago. _____ is the result of damage to nerves or a psychological disturbance that occurs long after an injury has healed.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Evaluate your ability to understand the pain and discomfort level assessment. The quiz will test you in areas such as the expressions of pain a child is exhibiting in a sample case and nonverbal signs of pain.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The type of pain that starts suddenly
  • Expressions of pain in a case
  • The definition of pain
  • Nonverbal signs of pain
  • A type of pain that has occurred over a long period of time and is the result of damaged nerves

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the type of pain that starts suddenly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as pain
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on pain and discomfort level assessments

Additional Learning

To study more about medical assessments, read the accompanying lesson called Assessing Pain & Discomfort Levels in Patients. This lesson covers the following objectives

  • Distinguish the difference between pain and discomfort
  • Learn about what pain tolerance is and the benefits of a pain rating systems
  • Identify what a pain rating system could look like
  • Recall examples of a pain scale in use
  • Describe how vital signs can be used to show pain and discomfort
  • Define the term guarding