Education and support strategies improve assessment and management of pain by nurses

Education and support strategies improve assessment and management of pain by nurses 1IntroductionIn this issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain, Peterson and colleagues report on a quality improvement study aimed to improve pain assessment in three hospitals in Sweden [1]. Nurses and nurse assistants received education on new assessment routines, consisting of standardized methods of assessment and documentation of pain. The authors did identify barriers to optimal practice before embarking on the project and care was taken to adjust the intervention to local context. Pain resource nurses (PRNs) in each participating ward provided both education and support to staff, in addition to the research team. The intervention was successful in changing practices. The documentation of pain severity with the numeric scale increased from 7% to 36% and the proportion of patients who were reassessed after receiving analgesics increased from 73% to 86%.2Pain assessmentPain assessment is an important part of quality pain management [2]. It is the first step in pain management and is essential for pain treatment decisions [3]. Still pain is not adequately assessed in many health care settings [4,5,6], so projects aimed at improving pain assessment are of importance. Use of standardized scales for measuring pain severity and evaluating patient’s response to treatment is recommended in clinical guidelines http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Scandinavian Journal of Pain de Gruyter

Education and support strategies improve assessment and management of pain by nurses

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De Gruyter
Copyright
© 2017 Scandinavian Association for the Study of Pain
ISSN
1877-8860
eISSN
1877-8879
D.O.I.
10.1016/j.sjpain.2017.04.004
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Abstract

1IntroductionIn this issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain, Peterson and colleagues report on a quality improvement study aimed to improve pain assessment in three hospitals in Sweden [1]. Nurses and nurse assistants received education on new assessment routines, consisting of standardized methods of assessment and documentation of pain. The authors did identify barriers to optimal practice before embarking on the project and care was taken to adjust the intervention to local context. Pain resource nurses (PRNs) in each participating ward provided both education and support to staff, in addition to the research team. The intervention was successful in changing practices. The documentation of pain severity with the numeric scale increased from 7% to 36% and the proportion of patients who were reassessed after receiving analgesics increased from 73% to 86%.2Pain assessmentPain assessment is an important part of quality pain management [2]. It is the first step in pain management and is essential for pain treatment decisions [3]. Still pain is not adequately assessed in many health care settings [4,5,6], so projects aimed at improving pain assessment are of importance. Use of standardized scales for measuring pain severity and evaluating patient’s response to treatment is recommended in clinical guidelines

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Scandinavian Journal of Painde Gruyter

Published: Dec 29, 2017

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