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Nurs Older People. 2013 Sep;25(7):25-31. doi: 10.7748/nop2013.09.25.7.25.e455.

Identifying barriers to pain management in long-term care.

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  • 1Community nursing unit, Cork, Ireland.

Abstract

AIM:

The aim of this study was to identify barriers to optimal pain management in long-term care (LTC) from a nursing perspective.

METHOD:

A quantitative, cross-sectional, descriptive design was used.

RESULTS:

Patient-related barriers were seen as interfering more often with optimal pain management than organisational-related or caregiver-related barriers. Difficulty assessing pain due to problems with cognition, older patients' inability to complete pain scales and communication difficulties as a result of sensory impairment were common barriers.

CONCLUSION:

A targeted approach to address the identified barriers would help improve pain management practices in LTC.

PMID:
23984702
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