VII.  Quality Improvement

This section includes medical review tools, strategic plans, performance and quality improvement packets, a manual for "building an institutional commitment to pain management", sample materials for quality improvement committees, and information on the Join
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) standards for pain management.

City of Hope Publications
  1. Balogh, E., Ganz, P., Murphy, s., Nass, S., Ferrell, B. R., & Stovall, E. (2011). Patient-centered cancer treatment planning: Improving the quality of oncology care. A National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and Institute of Medicine workshop. The Oncologist, 16 1800-1805. 
Recommended Publications
  1. Wall and Melzack's Textbook of Pain, 6th Edition (Available in April) 
    McMahon, S. & Koltzenburg, M. (2013).  PA: Saunders/Elsevier.  ISBN #: 978-0702040597.
  2. The Healthcare Quality Book: Vision, Strategy, and Tools, 2nd Edition 
    Ransom, E. R., Joshi, M. S., Nash, D. B., & Ransom, S. B. (2008).   IL: Health Administration Press. ISBN #: 1567933017.

Educational Materials/Curriculum
  1. Action Plan - Long Term Care - Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI. 
    This action plan is a format for an institution to implement a strategic plan in establishing a pain management program.  
 Guidelines/Clinical Pathways
  1. Addressing State Policy Issues in End-of-Life Care – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Downloadable publications that advance balanced approaches to pain management policy, consumer protection and professional development.
  2. Joint Commission Perspectives - Joint Commission Resources, Chicago, IL
    Joint Commission Perspectives is your primary source for changes to standards, accreditation requirements, and JCAHO initiatives, including the new accreditation process.
  3. Medical Record Audit Form - University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics, Madison, WI  
    Comprehensive audit tool to review documentation of pain assessment, analgesic prescribing and administration practices.
  4. Pain Care Packet - The Chambersburg Hospital, Chambersburg, PA
    Includes a 4 page packet containing a 9 item Pain Questionnaire for use after discharge, a 7 item Pain Service Outcome Survey and an 11 item outline of "Rights of the Patient and Responsibility of the Physician".
  5. Pain Management Program/Strategic Plan - Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital, Santa Cruz, California  
    The Strategic Plan includes a 16 page packet describing a pain management program and strategic plan. A vision statement, basic assumptions, targets, goals, and strategies for implementation are outlined.
  6. Patient-Centered Care Improvement Guide - Picker Institute, Boston, MA
    This guide is filled with best practices and practical implementation tools thanks to the generosity of hospitals across the United States whose commitment to advancing patient-centered care.  
  7. Patient Questionnaire on Pain Management - Willamette Falls Hospital, Oregon City, OR
    A simple questionnaire used to assess patient satisfaction with pain after hospitalization. The tool is formatted for easy use as a mailed survey.
  8. Quality Assurance Packet - Saint Luke’s Shawnee Mission Health System, Shawnee Mission, KS
       - Commitment to Cancer Pain Management
       - Patient Rating Guide
       - Patient Outcome Questionnaire
       - Chart Audit Tool
       - Pain Assessment Flowsheet
       - Palliative Care Protocol
       - MS Drip Protocol
       - Care of Patient Experiencing Cancer
         Related Pain     
  9. The Resource Center of the Alliance of  State Pain Initiatives (ASPI)
       - Building an Institutional Commitment to
         Pain Management: The Wisconsin
         Resource Manual, 2nd Edition 
       - Handbook of Cancer Pain Management,
         5th Edition 
       - Nursing Competency Guidelines
       - Pain Resource Nurse Program Curriculum
         & Planning Guide 

       - The Post-Operative Pain (POP)
         Management Project Lecture Series CD

 Other Organizational Links

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