Translating Best Practices in Nondrug Postoperative Pain Management


Nursing Research




BACKGROUND: The research-to-practice gap is at the heart of the problem in the underuse of nondrug complementary methods to manage postoperative pain. PURPOSE: To show how the six steps of the Collaborative Research Utilization (CRU) model can be used to translate research into practice, using an example of nondrug pain management protocols. METHODS: The CRU model was used to translate empirically tested nondrug interventions for surgical pain management enhancement into cost-effective, easy-to-use, best-practice nursing interventions, using tailored patient teaching. RESULTS: The preliminary findings of the substudy in the context of the CRU model are reported. DISCUSSION: The CRU model was successful in changing patients' knowledge, attitudes, and use of nondrug interventions for pain management. Further research is needed in heterogeneous populations. Organization receptivity to research and a well-integrated computerized documentation system for cueing clinicians' pain management practices are key for effectiveness of change.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Hospital Setting; Hospitalized Patients; Music Listening; Music Medicine; Pain; Pain Management and Control; Pain Score or Rating; Postoperative Pain; Postoperative Patients; Recorded Music Listening; Self-Report Measures; Surgery; Surgical Patients

Indexed Terms

Elderly; Elderly; Analysis of Variance; Clinical Nursing Research; Complementary Therapies; Diffusion of Innovation; Evidence-Based Medicine; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Imagery (Psychotherapy); Massage; Models, Theoretical; Postoperative Pain; Patient Education as Topic; Pilot Projects; Statistics, Nonparametric; United States

Study Type

Quasi-Experimental Study; Quantitative Methods

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