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Assessment of patient satisfaction with pain management in small community inpatient and outpatient settings.
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PMID:  11013908     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To describe patient outcomes (e.g., pain intensity and relief, satisfaction, expectations) and analgesic practices of healthcare providers for inpatients and outpatients in community hospital settings. DESIGN: Descriptive, correlational, and random sampling. SETTING: Three community-based institutions in southeast Louisiana. SAMPLE: 114 inpatients and outpatients with cancer-related or acute postoperative pain. Inpatients (n = 68) mostly were women and younger than 60 years of age. Outpatients (n = 46) mostly were men and older than 60 years of age. Both groups were predominantly well-educated and Caucasian. METHODS: Subjects completed a modified version of the American Pain Society's Patient Satisfaction Survey. Researchers completed a chart audit tool reviewing analgesic prescriptive and administrative practices. FINDINGS: Weak to moderately strong correlations existed for the relationships between the satisfaction variables and the pain intensity, pain relief, and expectation variables for all subjects. Satisfaction with current pain intensity was correlated most strongly with pain intensity and relief scores. Higher pain intensity and relief were related to lower satisfaction with current pain intensity. CONCLUSIONS: Regardless of setting or pain type, subjects experienced significant amounts of pain during a 24-hour period. Patient expectations for experiencing high levels of pain were realized, but expectations for significant pain relief were not. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Institutional pain management programs that approach pain from a multidimensional perspective need to be developed. Continued education for healthcare professionals and patients is a vital part of this process.
C C Corizzo; M C Baker; G C Henkelmann
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Oncology nursing forum     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0190-535X     ISO Abbreviation:  Oncol Nurs Forum     Publication Date:  2000 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-12-29     Completed Date:  2001-01-25     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7809033     Medline TA:  Oncol Nurs Forum     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1279-86     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Covington, LA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Analgesics / therapeutic use*
Hospitals, Community / standards*
Inpatients / psychology
Medical Audit*
Middle Aged
Neoplasms / complications
Oncologic Nursing
Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care)
Outpatients / psychology
Pain / drug therapy*,  etiology,  physiopathology
Pain Measurement / classification*
Patient Satisfaction / statistics & numerical data*
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