In this issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain, Andersson and co-workers publish a study on pain reduction in hospitalized patients following an intervention consisting of staff education, implementation of evidence-based pain management guidelines, and an organization that includes pain responsibility nurses. Data on pain intensity, use of pain rating scales, and analgesic medication were collected before (306 patients) and after (293 patients) the intervention, which took place at two hospitals in southwest Sweden between 2009 and 2010 . The authors found an increase in the use of pain rating scales and a more appropriate prescription of analgesics following the intervention but there was no difference in recordings of patients pain intensity.1Pain in hospitalized patientsIt has consistently been documented that pain remains undertreated in hospitalized patients and that this situation applies to all patient categories [2,3]. Therefore, Andersson and co-workers should be acknowledged for the inclusion of patients from both surgical and medical wards and with different pain conditions: 65% had acute pain,11% had cancer pain, and 24% had chronic pain conditions. According to their study, the number of patients with moderate to severe pain at rest was equally high in all three patient groups regardless of the reason
Scandinavian Journal of Pain – de Gruyter
Published: Apr 1, 2017
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