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PROVIDENXE, R.I., Dec 03, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Relieving pain for nursing home residents doesn't necessarily require additional staff or a lot of money, U.S. researchers say.
What it takes, a team study says, is a multifaceted improvement process that stresses education, collaboration, mentoring and, most importantly, rapid changes in pain assessment and treatment.
Researchers at Brown Medical School and health care experts at Quality Partners of Rhode Island said they came to this conclusion after conducting an innovative study in 17 Rhode Island nursing homes.
The team focused on how to treat pain, a critical issue in elder care. Previous research has shown that four in 10 nursing home residents have persistent, severe pain.
Yet several studies have found that complaints of pain often go unrecognized and that residents are inadequately treated -- or not treated at all.
Copyright 2004 by United Press International.