2022 AAHA Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats

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2022 AAHA Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats

Gruen, M.E. et al. (2022) 2022 AAHA Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, 58 (2), pp. 55–76. https://doi.org/10.5326/JAAHA-MS-7292

[Freely available via https://www.aaha.org/aaha-guidelines/2022-aaha-pain-management-guidelines-for-dogs-and-cats/home/]


The aim of these guidelines, produced by a task force of experts invited by the American Animal Hospital Association, is to help members of the veterinary team to assess pain and create pain management plans for pain in cats and dogs.

The guidelines provide a framework for the assessment and management of both acute and chronic pain and can be used as a basis on which to produce local practice guidelines.

The  June 2022 edition of inFOCUS contains a summary of this paper.

Support with assessing the relevance of this paper

We have produced a guide that you can use to work through this paper as a practice, to help assess the relevance of the information contained in this paper to your patients and to help you use this information to develop specific pain management guidelines for your practice. For those less confident in assessing published papers there is a partially completed guide.

Working through this guide will help you pick out the information that you wish to include in your own practice guidelines, select Clinical Metrology Instruments to use in your practice and think about first, second and third tier management strategies for different types of pain.

For those new to journal clubs, we have a step-by-step guide you might find useful: Setting up and running a journal club.

For those looking to carry out a more general appraisal of the guidelines RCVS Knowledge have developed a  Clinical Guidelines Checklist.  If you would like more information on developing practice guidelines RCVS Knowledge has a range of resources on guidelines.

Further Reading

If you are interested in this topic, you may also be interested in the following resources from RCVS Knowledge

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