Date of Award
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Mary J. Dyck
Nancy L. Novotny
Karen S. Delong
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of a pain toolkit to improve pain management.
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization and Joint Commission state effective pain management is a basic human right.
METHODS: Patients’ ratings of pain management on a 25-bed orthopedic/neurology unit three months before and after implementation of a toolkit were compared. The toolkit included bedside report, care board, purposeful hourly rounding, pain algorithm, pain status indicator, and complex pain interventions. The data are comprised of patient responses to the following Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey questions: pain control and staff’s help with pain.
RESULTS: There was statistically significant improvement in patients’ perceptions that staff “always” did everything to help with pain. There was no statistically significant improvement in patients’ perceptions that pain as “always” well controlled.
CONCULSIONS: The toolkit is a valuable resource in improving pain management.
Atkins, Kathleen R. DNP; Dyck, Mary J. PhD; Novotny, Nancy L. PhD; and Delong, Karen S. MSN, "Implementing a Pain Toolkit To Improve Pain Management" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 559.