Assessing an Educational Program to Improve Documentation and Reduce Pain in Hospitalized Patients

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Few experimental studies have evaluated the efficacy of continuing educational programs aimed at the improvement of nurses’ pain-management skills. This study assessed whether a standardized educational program aimed at nurses could increase the use of the Numeric Rating Scale-11 in both documenting and reducing postoperative pain-intensity levels in hospitalized surgical patients. The study had a quasi-experimental pre- and post-intervention design. Data were collected from records of surgical patients prior to and after the standardized educational program was completed. There were no significant differences between pre- and post-intervention groups in terms of either pain-documentation frequency or pain-intensity level. The study showed no increase in the frequency of postoperative pain documentation and no reduction of surgical patients’ postoperative pain-intensity level. This finding indicates that the standardized educational program on postoperative pain management was insufficient to bring about changes in clinical practice.

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Karlsen, N. , Kornmo, R. and Dihle, A. (2015) Assessing an Educational Program to Improve Documentation and Reduce Pain in Hospitalized Patients. Open Journal of Nursing, 5, 361-369. doi: 10.4236/ojn.2015.54039.

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