Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-Based Methods to Measure and Improve Pain Outcomes: Part 2

Research briefs from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nursing Research Network identify specific ways nurses affect patient care quality and outcomes. Since 2005, the Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) program has supported interdisciplinary teams that involved nursing scholars and scholars from other disciplines in research projects—from the conceptual study design to the adoption in practice of new measures of standards of care.

This is the second brief of two, to evaluate the impact of implementing multi-faceted pain care quality strategies within a quality improvement framework.

Key Findings

  • All intervention groups improved their average pain scores on a 0 to 10 scale by nearly one point, but post-test mean pain intensity scores were still quite high.

  • One quality indicator, “Pain medications worked well to control my pain,” demonstrated significant improvement.

  • There were no significant differences among the three levels of intervention, although levels of improvement were greater in units testing intervention strategies when compared to units that did not participate in the project.

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