Methods: Reviewed pain assessment and management policies. Reviewed current literature regarding geriatric-appropriate assessment tools. Collaborated with experts to implement a policy and practice change utilizing a culturally diverse evidence-based pain assessment tool. Developed and implemented an online survey to assess nurses’ knowledge and skill in assessing and managing geriatric patients’ pain. Secured authors’ permission to incorporate a copyrighted tool into hospital policy. Developed and distributed an education program and a brochure of best geriatric assessment practices to staff nurses. Designed and distributed a hand-held pain assessment tool to enable appropriate pain assessment. Conducted a post-intervention online survey of nursing staff. Analyzed data to evaluate the effectiveness of education based on post-intervention survey results.
Evaluation: Over 660 staff nurses completed pre-intervention online survey. Preliminary data analysis demonstrated discrepancies that currently occur in practice relative to evidence-based best practices. Final analysis will be available at the time of the conference.
Conclusions: Providing staff with valid and reliable pain assessment tools and educating them on their use is an important strategy to improve pain assessment and management of pain in geriatric patients.