Pain Management Assessment


Because moderate to severe postoperative pain is a common experience among patients, pain management is an essential part of nursing care (Yuceer, 2011). Nurses must evaluate the pain, teach the patient appropriate strategies in dealing with it, implement a treatment plan and monitor the results, educate the patient's family on it and record the outcomes of pain management. It is thus clear that the nurse's effective approach to pain management is of primary importance in reducing patient pain and discomfort after surgery. Studies, however, suggest that nurses' current inadequate management of patients' postoperative pain relates to her level of training and preparedness (Yuceer).

This study aims at assessing the results of a continuous quality improvement program on acute pain management of surgical patients by nurses. It will answer these questions: 1. What is this quality improvement program and how does it improve present pain...
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