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Pain Management

Improving Pain Management for Hospitalized Patients

Chronic pain is a far-reaching public health problem, affecting more American adults than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. More than 116 million adults in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain. The enormous costs of managing pain are well-documented, along with its negative physiological, psychological and social consequences.

While many advances have been made in recent decades to improve pain management practice, many hospitals and medical centers lack robust and coordinated pain care systems that optimize both opioid stewardship and patient outcomes. Furthermore, many hospitalists require additional strategies to safely and adequately treat pain during a time of significant opioid misuse. SHM has developed essential resources to help hospitalists address these issues. 

SHM's Pain Management Implementation Guide

This guide:

  • Provides practical guidance and implementation advice from a multidisciplinary national expert panel for developing and overseeing programs to improve pain management.
  • Covers the management of inpatients, including those recovering from surgical care, who are increasingly co-managed by hospitalists.
  • Comprehensively addresses fundamentals to support the implementation of a pain management quality improvement program.
  • Reviews best practices for defining interventions, including improving care transitions for patients with chronic pain and measuring and sustaining outcomes over time.

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This Implementation Guide is supported in part by a medical education grant from Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.