Effectiveness of pain management in hospital in the home programs

Duke, Maxine and Botti, Mari 2004, Effectiveness of pain management in hospital in the home programs, in ACA 2004 : Disease Management 2004 and Enabling Technologies in Ambulatory Care : 5th Annual National Conference, Ambulatory Care Australia, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 31-31.

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Title Effectiveness of pain management in hospital in the home programs
Author(s) Duke, Maxine
Botti, Mari
Conference name Ambulatory Care Australia. Conference (5th : 2004 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 9-10 September 2004
Title of proceedings ACA 2004 : Disease Management 2004 and Enabling Technologies in Ambulatory Care : 5th Annual National Conference
Publication date 2004
Start page 31
End page 31
Publisher Ambulatory Care Australia
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary Alternative health care delivery models such as HITH facilitate the care of patients requiring acute treatments in their own homes. There are over 570 Diagnostic Related Groups managed in HITH programs and many of these are known to have associated physical pain. The impact of the home environment on patients’ experience of pain or how pain is managed is poorly understood. The purpose of this presentation is to
present the background and preliminary findings of a study that aims to increase our understanding of the issues related to providing optimal pain management for acute care patients who are transferred to Hospital in the Home. This knowledge will enable the development of effective practice guidelines to improve patient outcomes. More specifically, the aims are:
• To identify whether patients are transferred to HITH in pain or develop
   significant pain while in the program
• To identify the frequency and intensity of pain experienced by patients in 3      HITH programs.
• To describe patients’ experience of pain in the home environment.
• To investigate whether patients receive adequate pain relief once                      transferred to HITH.
• To explore the strategies patients use to manage pain at home.

The study will be carried out over 12 months in three HITH units in Victoria: Box Hill Hospital, Alfred Hospital and Epworth Hospital. The design is a descriptive survey of patients’ experience of pain and pain management using a modified version of The American Pain Society’s Patient Outcome Questionnaire. 360 consecutive surgical patients transferred to HITH care in the three participating programs will be interviewed by telephone between 48 and 72 hours of admission to the program.

The findings of this study will identify issues in providing optimum pain management for patients receiving acute care in non-traditional treatment environments.
Language eng
Field of Research 111004 Clinical Nursing: Tertiary (Rehabilitative)
HERDC Research category E3 Extract of paper
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30014193

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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