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Challenges in making a business case for effective pain management in nursing homes.
Bakerjian D, Prevost SS, Herr K, Swafford K, Ersek M. Challenges in making a business case for effective pain management in nursing homes. Journal of gerontological nursing. 2012 Feb 1; 38(2):42-52.
The lack of a systematic and comprehensive pain management program is a common quality problem in nursing homes. The purpose of this article is to address the business case for effective pain management in this setting, including the conceptual domains and processes that should be considered in improving quality and reducing costs. Unfortunately, the literature contains very little to inform those working to implement effective and efficient pain management programs in nursing homes. This article suggests several strategies for establishing an internal business case to support the implementation of a comprehensive pain management program in a nursing home setting.