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Keywords

cancer pain management, pain education, performance improvement

 

Authors

  1. Grant, Marcia DNSc, RN, FAAN
  2. Rivera, Lynne M. MSN, RN
  3. Alisangco, Jennifer
  4. Francisco, Liton

Abstract

Pain is an important issue in quality of care and is increasingly cited as an outcome used to evaluate effectiveness of nursing care. Research indicates that nurses are not well prepared to care for patients with pain. Thus many patients are inadequately assessed and treated and consequently receive less than optimal pain management. The article describes the development, implementation, and evaluation of a pain education program designed to provide clinical nurses with the knowledge necessary to use appropriate pain management techniques. Program content stresses the use of a performance improvement framework for changing clinical practice in individual clinical settings.