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Experts call for greater pain assessment in hospitals as 65 percent of patients report problems
Date:2/28/2011

most likely to report pain as exceeding seven at the time of the survey and in the preceding 24 hours.

  • 82% had been asked about their pain levels by staff, but less than 39% had been asked to rate their pain using a numeric scale. Patients in the Surgery Division were much more likely to be asked to rate their pain using a scale (62%) than in any other department, where the levels ranged from 9% to 44%.

  • 30% of patients were completely satisfied with their involvement in their pain management, but 12% were not at all satisfied. Satisfaction rates were highest in the Surgery Division and lowest in the Psychiatry Division.

    "Our survey showed that too many patients are still suffering from pain and our findings echo the results of pain prevalence studies from other countries" concludes Dr Wadensten. "We also found that the simple Numeric Rating Scale is not being used as often as it should be".

    "It is important that healthcare professionals work together on wards to improve pain management, especially on wards where pain levels may not be so obvious.

    "Using a pain assessment tool such as the Numeric Rating Scale helps patients to express their pain, makes them feel involved in their care and improves communication between patients and healthcare staff."


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