PURPOSE: To present the wound care practitioner with a model for the assessment and treatment of wound-related pain.
TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in wound care and related disorders.
OBJECTIVES: After reading this article and taking this test, the reader should be able to:
1. Discuss the pathophysiology of chronic pain and the wound pain model.
2. Describe the patient's wound-related pain perspective.
3. Identify aspects of local wound care and their relationship to pain.