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About the article
Published Online: 2016-10-01
Published in Print: 2016-10-01
Clinical implications: According to the findings of this study, mandatory pain documentation facilitates pain management in the ED, but there is still room for improvement. Additional actions are needed to improve patients’ satisfaction on pain management in the ED. Mandatory pain documentation in combination with person-centred care could be a way of improving patients’ satisfaction on pain management. Effective pain management is an important quality measure, and should be focused on in acute care in the ED. By routinely asking patients to report the pain intensity at discharge, the ED personnel can have direct feedback about the factual pain management. RNs may also be encouraged to use intravenous analgesics in higher extent when the patients have very severe pain.
Ethical issues: The study was approved by the Medical Research Ethics Committee, Stockholm, Sweden (2010/1197-32). Written consent was obtained from all participants.
Conflict of interest: The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.