Pain management guidelines for medical personnel are designed specifically for doctors, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and other professional healthcare providers. There are two main types of pain management guidelines: evaluation and management. Both are designed to promote patient health and well-being.
Medical personnel use pain management guidelines for pain assessment and treatment. Tools include pain screening according to pain rating scales such as Wong-Baker and FLACC, and acronym for face, legs, activity, cry, consolability.
For patients and medical staff alike, pain management guidelines provide a standard way to develop and implement pain treatment plans. Medical staff may recommend PT intervention and OT intervention from physical therapists and occupational therapists, respectively.