Patient satisfaction with pain management linked to nurse staffing

September 6, 2017, Boston College

Hospital patients' satisfaction with pain management is linked to nurse staffing, according to an article authored by nurse researchers from the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College and published in the journal Pain Management Nursing.

"Findings from this study support nurses as key contributors to patient satisfaction with pain control," said Connell School of Nursing (CSON) Associate Professor Judith Shindul-Rothschild, the lead author of the article, "Beyond the Pain Scale: Provider Communication and Staffing Predictive of Patients' Satisfaction with Pain Control."

Her co-authors are CSON Associate Professors Jane Flanagan and Catherine Read, and Kelly Stamp, formerly of Boston College and now with the University of North Carolina.

"The findings highlight the need for adequate numbers of nursing staff to achieve optimal patient satisfaction with pain management. In addition, having a prescriber (physician or nurse practitioner) available 24/7 to offer continuity of care is essential."

The research team looked at how hospital characteristics, staffing and nursing care factors were associated with with pain control. The hospitals studied where in California, Massachusetts and New York and the data was from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Care Providers Systems survey.

"Given the opioid crisis, pain management is front and center in health care today," added Shindul-Rothschild. "We need to think very critically of how we are managing pain, how we are communicating with patients, and how members of treatment teams are communicating with each other."

Teaching hospitals and a higher number of residents and interns were associated with poor control, according to the researchers.

"In addition to appropriate , our study highlights that an essential component to improve patients' with is to promote more effective collaboration among medical trainees, hospitalists, and nurses," said Shindul-Rothschild.

Explore further: Missed nursing care due to low nurse staffing increases patient mortality

More information: Judith Shindul-Rothschild et al, Beyond the Pain Scale: Provider Communication and Staffing Predictive of Patients' Satisfaction with Pain Control, Pain Management Nursing (2017). DOI: 10.1016/j.pmn.2017.05.003

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