Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Evidence Booster: Effective Prevention and Management of Pain

Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage. Pain can be acute or persistent (chronic) or both at the same time. Unrelieved or poorly managed pain is a burden on the person, the health-care system and society. Chronic pain costs the Canadian health-care system between $47 billion and $60 billion a year - more than HIV, cancer and heart disease combined.

The aim of this Evidence Booster is to examine changes in health outcomes associated with the implementation of the RNAO BPG Assessment and Management of Pain Third Edition (2013) in two Ontario hospital Best Practice Spotlight Organizations (BPSO).