Achieving value in postoperative pain management requires attaining the best patient outcomes using the least resources. While nurses are assessing and intervening more frequently for greater severity, their actions are not necessarily generating positive outcomes. To optimize value, it is recommended that pain assessment frequency be evaluated for patients reporting mild or no pain. Efficiencies in pain management may be gained by reconceptualizing thinking time as value added, especially when considering the impact of outliers on resource use. Adopting a strategy of pain prevention or early intervention when pain is less severe may increase the overall value of nursing care.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2014|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Leadership and Management