Generating and Testing Pain Management Standards Through Collaborative Research Utilization

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  • Marlene A. Dufault RN, PhD,

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    1. Marlene A. Dufault, RN, PhD, Delta Upsilon-at-Large, Associate Professor, University of Rhode Island, College of Nursing, Kingston, RI and Research Associate, Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence, RI; Mary C. Sullivan, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island, College of Nursing, Kingston, RI.
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  • Mary C. Sullivan RN, PhD

    1. Marlene A. Dufault, RN, PhD, Delta Upsilon-at-Large, Associate Professor, University of Rhode Island, College of Nursing, Kingston, RI and Research Associate, Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence, RI; Mary C. Sullivan, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island, College of Nursing, Kingston, RI.
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Dr. Dufault, University of Rhode Island College of Nursing, White Hall, 2 Heathman Road, Kingston, RI 02881. E-mail mdu0560u@postoffice.uri.edu

Abstract

Although major advances in research have given clinicians the tools to provide pain-free hospitalization, inadequate pain relief continues to diminish patients' quality of care (Dufault, Bielecki, Collins, & Willey, 1995). Barriers to using current research for attaining best practice in pain management have been identified as providers' and patients' attitudes and lack of knowledge (Clarke et al., 1996), systems problems (Barnason, Merboth, Pozehl, & Tietjen, 1998), and regulatory obstacles (Yeager, Miaskowski, Dibble, & Wallhagan, 1997). Recently, inadequate pain management has expanded from an individual clinical problem to a public health policy issue as accreditation and regulatory groups have targeted pain management as an indicator of quality of care.

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