Date of Award

Summer 8-5-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

First Advisor

Mary J. Dyck

Second Advisor

Nancy L. Novotny

Third Advisor

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 staffalways” 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.




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