Evaluation of a nurse-led acute pain service. Can clinical nurse specialists make a difference?
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 25, Issue 1, pages 30–37, January 1997
How to Cite
Mackintosh, C. and Bowles, S. (1997), Evaluation of a nurse-led acute pain service. Can clinical nurse specialists make a difference?. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 25: 30–37. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.1997.1997025030.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Accepted for publication 16 January 1996
This paper attempts to identify the impact of a nurses-led in patient acute pain service (APS) on three areas of concern; pre-operative information, patients self reported levels of pain, and analgesics prescribed. It considers the results of a baseline survey carried out in 1992 And its replication in 1995, in an attempt to assess the impact this service may have had. Results appear to indicate some changes in all areas of concern, with significant reductions in reported levels of pain and patterns of analgesic prescribing between the two surveys. It there fore appears within the constraints of this type of study, that the work of the nurse-led APS has had a significant impact on changing outcomes and improving quality of patient care.