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Pain management is the culmination of physician, nurse, and patient expectations. Successful pain management is impacted by the patient’s perception and expectation of the provided interventions, as well as the perception of the care provider of the patient’s pain. Pain assessment tools have been utilized for decades and still pain control is rated as inadequate. Providing scripted education to the patient on the purpose and utilization of these tools impacts the patient’s perception of pain management. This project implemented the evidence-based practice intervention of education to improve the relationship of comfort goals to pain management. Nurses’ knowledge of pain management may impact the quality of patient education. This variable was addressed by providing education to the nursing staff prior to the start of the project. A pretest and posttest was administered to measure change in knowledge. The staff showed a statistically significant change in the understanding of a comfort goal, 44.66% prior to education and 96% (p = of 0.00) after education. Change of practice was indicated in the pre and post documentation of comfort goals. Prior to the education, only 31.48% documented a comfort goal greater than zero, after, 68.51% (p = 0.02). The patient’s response was measured by a discharge survey on pain management satisfaction. The survey revealed that 68.18% (p = 0.61) of the patients felt their pain was always well managed. This was clinically significant, however, did not show statistical significance. This project supports intentional education of staff and scripted education on comfort goals to alter the patient’s perception of pain management.

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