This issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain contains a review by Heikkilaa and co-workers on postoperative pain documentation . Their systematic search and appraisal yielded 10 out of 2209 articles which they integrated into a qualitative review. The primary finding is sobering: all 10 studies reported that the quality of postoperative pain documentation did not meet acceptable standards.The authors are to be commended for undertaking this project and their efforts to report in detail the outcomes of the studies analyzed. However, some caveats apply when interpreting their results. Most of the studies were retrospective and included important weaknesses such as lack of specification of the sample size (in one study) and unclear duration of auditing and number of investigators (in half the studies). Five studies were conducted in the USA, four in different countries outside Europe and only one in Europe (Sweden); five of the studies were published by the same group, making the generalizability of the results questionable. As expected, there was a large heterogeneity in the auditing tools used in the different studies, making data synthesis a challenging task. Nonetheless, despite the limitations, the Heikkilaa and co-workers’ review gives opportunity for reflection and raises important questions.1Pain
Scandinavian Journal of Pain – de Gruyter
Published: Apr 1, 2016
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