This paper provides a conceptual definition of pain, based on findings in the nursing literature. It is argued that the gate-control theory is a suitable framework for the chosen conceptual definition. The paper also describes an operational definition of pain, in order to enhance nursing practice. Nurses are urged to use both interview techniques and the McGill Pain Questionnaire to monitor pain levels in their patients. KEYWORDS: nursing theory practice pain. APA Style. 11 pages, 37 footnotes, 10 bibliographic sources.
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