Margo McCaffery

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Margo McCaffery was an American registered nurse and pioneer of the field of pain management nursing. McCaffery's oft-quoted definition of pain as "whatever the experiencing person says it is, existing whenever and wherever the person says it does", stated as early as 1968,[1]:375 has become the prevailing conceptualization of pain for clinicians over the past few decades.[2][3]:704

McCaffery died on January 8, 2018.[4]


  1. ^ Aschenbrenner, Diane S. (2009), "Chapter 23: Drugs treating severe pain", in Aschenbrenner, Diane S.; Venable, Samantha J. (eds.), Drug therapy in nursing (3rd ed.), Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, pp. 373–398, ISBN 978-0-7817-6587-9
  2. ^ Harper, Phil (13 December 2007 – 9 January 2008). "Postoperative pain: why are patients′ self-reports so unreliable?". Letter. British Journal of Nursing. 16 (22): 1375. doi:10.12968/bjon.2007.16.22.27765. PMID 18361384.
  3. ^ Rosdahl, Caroline Bunker; Kowalski, Mary T. (2008). Textbook of basic nursing (9th ed.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN 978-0-7817-6521-3.
  4. ^ "Remembering Margo McCaffery's Contributions to Pain Management". ONS Voice. Retrieved 2018-04-29.