August 2009, Volume 39 Number 8 , p 58 - 58
D'Arcy, Yvonne CRNP, CNS, MS
WHAT'S THE VALUE of using evidence-based pain management? We can't just do what we've always done—that would result in a very limited and outdated practice. On the other hand, we should be wary of initiating a new practice before we know why, how well, or even if it really works.
A pain management intervention with good research support and clearly identified outcomes has a higher chance of success—and a patient in pain is focused on getting relief. Interventions which have little evidentiary support may not work or may cause unexpected adverse reactions. Not only is this a poor result for the patient, but ...