Pain Physiology and Assessment

Cover image for lecture: Pain Physiology and Assessment

Lecture Overview

Pain is what the person says it is. Although this can sometimes be hard to comprehend, it is the fundamental point of pain assessment in our patients. Professor Margaret O'Connor reminds us in this informative talk that pain is multi-factorial and can be interpreted according to our own experiences, and ideals of pain. Therefore a holistic pain assessment requires us to be open to other's beliefs, experiences and interpretations of pain.


Portrait of Margaret O'Connor
Margaret O'Connor

Margaret is Emeritus Professor of Nursing at Monash University, having previously been Professor of Palliative Care Nursing for 12 years. She has a distinguished career in clinical palliative care; and in establishing home-based palliative care services across Melbourne, for which she received an Order of Australia in 2005. She continues to work at Melbourne City Mission Palliative Care, assisting with research. See Educator Profile