- This article is an abstract from a new guide, Principles of Best Practice: Minimising Pain at Wound Dressing-Related Procedures. It is an educational initiative of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS). The guide has been inspired by two seminal documents: the European Wound Management Association's position document, Pain at Wound Dressing Changes (EWMA, 2002), and Practical Treatment of Wound Pain and Trauma: A Patient-centred Approach (Reddy et al, 2003). As an international educational initiative, the WUWHS document is aimed at anyone involved in dressing-related procedures anywhere in the world. This article summarises the section on best practice in the assessment of wound pain.