Pain management includes all aspects that potentially play a role in the process of treating pain in individual patients.
This means not only choice of pain medication or assessment and documentation of pain scores.
Patient-factors related to pain experiences, background, culture, level of education, fear of addiction or beliefs regarding certain analgesics are probably as important as well.
And don't forget the staff-related, condition-related and department- and even hospital-related factors that potentially play a role in the quality of pain treatment.
All these factors come together under the term pain management. Eventually, EM Online will offer several topics with critically appraised studies and reviews to guide you to improvement of pain treatment in your Emergency Department!