The Common Sense Guide to Improving Palliative Care > Preventing, Assessing, and Treating Pain > 4.9 Give Them Something to Talk About

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Give Them Something to Talk About

Pain management presents an area where improvement can have dramatic effects. Remember the following:

Team Faith

Once Team Faith met its goal, the team made sure that its progress did not slip. The team trained all current and new providers on the new processes. They also posted the new processes at every nursing workstation and on field notepads. They placed the new forms in an appropriate place so that everyone remembered to use them. With everyone's help, the team sustained the changes and made them permanent. Eventually, other healthcare professionals began to use the new approach, and it soon became part of a system-wide pain management initiative.

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