Health Policy and Chronic Pain Management Essay

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Pain is not always curable but effects the life of millions of people. This essay examines the Essence of Care 2010: Benchmarks for the Prevention and Management of Pain (DH, 2010). Particularly reflecting on a practical working knowledge of its implementation and its relevance to nursing practice. It is part of the wider ranging Essence of Care policy, that includes all the latest benchmarks developed since it was first launched in 2001.
It was produced specifically to improve localized quality in the delivery of healthcare. The document was chosen because I have a particular interest in palliative care and those suffering from chronic pain. Pain effects the quality of life effecting large numbers of the population,
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He clearly defines that social policy has three objectives. Firstly policy should be beneficial and aimed at providing for the welfare of the citizens. Secondly they have economic and non-economic goals. Finally that they to some degree redistribute resources progressively from rich to poor.
By way of comparison he cites Professor Hagenbuch's definition of social policy. “Stated in general terms, he said, 'the mainspring of social policy may be said to be the desire to ensure every member of the community certain minimum standards and certain opportunities.”.
So social policy is an attempt to change the order of society and thereby make things different from how otherwise they would have been (Baldock, Manning and Vickerstaff. 2007).
Following on from this we can see from government level down to localized trusts, social policy is important. In economic sense the financial decisions effect all aspects of healthcare. As indeed do the frameworks and benchmarks set by the Department of Health. These can effect the clinical treatment of a patient/client. Benchmarking can change the way healthcare workers approach their work. While financial restraints effect what resources can be offered.
The selected policy Essence of Care 2010: Benchmarks for the Prevention and Management of Pain, includes the latest benchmarks on the management of pain and its prevention. It presents up to date reviewed views, with the aim to deliver
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