Journal article

National project seeking to improve pain management in the emergency department setting: Findings from the NHMRC-NICS National Pain Management Initiative

Steven Doherty, Jonathan Knott, Scott Bennetts, Mitra Jazayeri, Sue Huckson

Emergency Medicine Australasia | WILEY | Published : 2013

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: The National Pain Management Initiative was established by the National Institute of Clinical Studies to improve analgesic practice across Australian EDs. METHODS: A barrier analysis provided information to better implement changes in analgesic practice. A working party was established and developed a multifaceted intervention strategy and clinical indicators. An online data collection system was developed and sites collected data at three monthly intervals for 18 months. A stepped-wedge design was chosen to manage the number of hospitals involved. Clinical indicators included documentation of pain score, time to analgesia, appropriate use of parenteral narcotics and effectivenes..

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