School of Nursing
pain management, holistic care, nonpharmacologic pain treatments, nursing interventions, non-drug pain modalities, multimodal analgesia
Swartzentruber, Miriam, "The Importance of Providing Multimodal Analgesia: A Literature Review of Nonpharmacologic Pain Treatments" (2021). Senior Honors Theses. 1092.
Pain is a central aspect of the human experience. While painful stimuli can be beneficial in alerting the brain to the fact that there is something wrong, left untreated, pain can cause devastating long-term effects on the individual, both physically and mentally. Pain has traditionally been either undertreated or managed solely using pharmacologic methods, with less thought given to the importance of supplementing therapy with nonpharmacologic interventions. By incorporating nonpharmacologic methods of pain management into nursing care, patients can be provided with holistic treatment that improves patient outcomes, decreases healthcare costs, avoids future complications, and improves overall quality of life.