Pain Management For Patients With Acute Or Chronic Illnesses And Assessment Of Pain

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Problem Statement
Pain is an important concern in hospitalized patients with acute or chronic illnesses and assessment of pain is a critical step to provide good pain management. Pain is the most feared aspect of any illness and it can also impact the quality of life of the individual and management of pain has been recognized as the major health care problem in the United States. Research states that, 65 percent of hospitalized patients report a problem related to pain management (Samuels & Eckardt, 2013). There are a variety of tools used to assess the level of pain in patients and treatment is provided based on the pain scale. In most cases, the nurses and the other health care professionals neglect the importance of reassessment of the
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Despite of all research and literature reviews, there is still a lack of standard and knowledge in reassessing and documenting patient’s pain. Therefore, it is important to follow proper standard protocols and skills to perform reassessment and documentation of pain management to improve quality of care.
Proposed Solution
After critically analyzing the evidence, the nurse develops a plan to apply in the practice setting with the use of a change management model. It is important for the nurse to follow the steps in implementing change that includes: identifying the change, know the particulars of the change and what change approaches he/she is going to apply. Once it is confirmed that the present evidence supports a practice change, the nurse develops to test the change first. As implementation of EBP is considered as a quality initiative, it does not require Institutional Review Board approval if patients are involved. At first, the plan will be reviewed and approved by the Quality Care Committee as part of the initial planning process. A change management toolkit can be used to successfully plan a change in the organization. The stages of change will include identifying the size and characteristics of the change, the current state and the future outcomes of the change, feasibility of the change, estimate the cost of change,
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