Journal article

An Evidence-Based Program to Improve Analgesic Practice and Pain Outcomes in Residential Aged Care Facilities

Steven M Savvas, Chris M Toye, Elizabeth RA Beattie, Stephen J Gibson

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society | WILEY | Published : 2014

Abstract

Pain is common in individuals living in residential aged care facilities (RACFs), and a number of obstacles have been identified as recurring barriers to adequate pain management. To address this, the Australian Pain Society developed 27 recommendations for comprehensive good practice in the identification, assessment, and management of pain. This study reviewed preexisting pain management practice at five Australian RACFs and identified changes needed to implement the recommendations and then implemented an evidence-based program that aimed to facilitate better pain management. The program involved staff training and education and revised in-house pain-management procedures. Reviews occurre..

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