Pharmacy 2014, 2(3), 205-221; doi:10.3390/pharmacy2030205
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Using Numbers Creates Value for Health Professionals: A Quantitative Study of Pain Management in Palliative Care

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Received: 30 December 2013; in revised form: 23 June 2014 / Accepted: 16 July 2014 / Published: 22 July 2014
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Abstract: Improvement methodology is based on processes to achieve quality and safety in health care in order to improve patient care, especially in management. The aim of this study was to identify differences regarding the method of estimating pain within palliative care in north-eastern Sweden. The study comprised three different data collections—questions from 22 staff members who worked in palliative care, data from the Swedish Palliative Registry, and patients’ medical records. Data were analyzed using a quantitative approach to measure the proportion of differences and similarities in everyday pain management. The two categories “Documentation of Pain Management” and “Pain Management Activities” were identified and illustrated how repeated pain management measurements contributed to a clearer view of pain management activities. The use of numbers instead of words contributed to a better, clearer, and more unified documentation of pain ratings. Use of validated rating tools regarding patients last week of life increased from 47%–100%. This study may inspire better routines to estimate pain and quantify no pain in palliative care. Evidence-based measurement tools from the patient’s perspective, can improve pain management.
Keywords: documentation; espoused theory; evidence-based care; pain rating; quality improvement; theory-in-use
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Unné, A.; Rosengren, K. Using Numbers Creates Value for Health Professionals: A Quantitative Study of Pain Management in Palliative Care. Pharmacy 2014, 2, 205-221.

AMA Style

Unné A, Rosengren K. Using Numbers Creates Value for Health Professionals: A Quantitative Study of Pain Management in Palliative Care. Pharmacy. 2014; 2(3):205-221.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Unné, Anna; Rosengren, Kristina. 2014. "Using Numbers Creates Value for Health Professionals: A Quantitative Study of Pain Management in Palliative Care." Pharmacy 2, no. 3: 205-221.

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