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Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am. 2001 Jun;13(2):311-7.

Monitoring and improving pain management practices. A quality improvement approach.

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Department of Physiological Nursing, University of California San Francisco, 94143-0610, USA.


The development of a multidisciplinary pain management committee is a critical step in monitoring and improving pain management practices. The systematic evaluation of the quality of pain management using the principles of QI establishes a process that can lead to improvements in the care that patients receive. Clinicians need to develop a 1- to 2-year plan to improve the quality of pain management. Changes in clinicians' behaviors occur slowly; thus, members of pain management committees should not become discouraged but continue to move forward one step at a time.

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