An innovative approach to targeting pain in older people in the acute care setting

Caroline Phelan, Isabel Higgins, Peter Summons, Jeanene Douglas, Pauline M. Dobson, Fiona Hodson

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This paper reports the findings of an exploratory pilot study which used mixed methods to determine (a) the feasibility of the study design for a larger multi site project and (b) whether a pain education promotion approach, termed 'Targeting Pain', using a multidisciplinary educational campaign and promotional media such as staff badges and ward signage, improves the detection and management of pain in older people in an acute care setting. Pre and post evaluation surveys and interviews were used to evaluate the approach. Findings showed an increase in pain assessment and documentation of pain by nursing staff, as well as an increase in the prescription of oral analgesics. However, the study indicated that the uptake regarding pain management from the education campaign was different between professional groups. Although there was a positive response by patients and staff to the use of staff badges, the ward signage failed to attract attention. The mixed methods approach used highlighted several areas that need to be improved for the next phase of the study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-233
Number of pages13
JournalContemporary Nurse
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Multidisciplinary education
  • Nursing uptake
  • Older people
  • Pain management
  • Visual media


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