Aug 13, 2015
Measuring Nursing Care Quality Related to Pain Management
The purpose of this research was to develop and test a tool to measure the quality of nursing care related to pain management that accurately predicts pain outcomes among hospitalized adults with cancer.
- Pain is a common and distressing problem for hospitalized adults.
- In multiple studies, adult patients report satisfaction with care despite reporting moderate to severe pain.
- Improvements in pain care and outcomes have been limited by a lack of adequate tools to measure the quality of care related to pain management.
- Two tools resulted. The PainCQ-Interdisciplinary survey measures partnership with the health care team and comprehensive interdisciplinary pain care. The PainCQ-Nursing survey measured three components of pain care quality: being treated right; comprehensive nursing pain care; and efficacy of pain management.
- The two tools were associated with pain outcomes.
- Results support the reliability and validity of the PainCQ© tool.
- The PainCQ© surveys are appropriate for use in hospital-based quality improvement in oncology and medical-surgical settings and may be particularly helpful in units trying to improve their national survey scores for treatment of pain.