Pending Publication Shows Improvement, but Not Fast Enough

Data from a 27-question survey collected from over 1,800 hospitals highlights increased patient satisfaction of pain management—but the increase is about half that of other improvements, such as communication and responsiveness of hospital staff. PAINWeek 2014 presenter Anita Gupta, DO, PharmD, and principal investigator of this study, stated “there’s only a minor uptick in the amount of patients who had significant improvements of their pain control during their hospitalization.”

Although survey data is subjective, Dr. Gupta added, “With the increasing amount of pain physicians who are being trained in the treatment of acute and chronic pain, and […] the increasing advocacy related to the treatment of pain and chronic pain, the expectation would be to see more significant improvement with patient satisfaction.” The survey, created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, included government-owned, and for- and nonprofit hospitals. Over the next several years, this study, a valuable tool, will continue to examine patient satisfaction in hopes of improvement.

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