Patients Unsatisfied With Hospitals In Pain Management

Many hospitals fail to please: survey
Wed Oct 29, 2008

By Julie Steenhuysen

CHICAGO (Reuters) – New survey data ranking patients’ experiences in U.S. hospitals find many institutions fall short, particularly when it comes to managing pain, researchers said on Wednesday…

…He said patients especially found fault with pain management and hospital discharge instructions, two areas that have already been the target of quality improvement initiatives for several years.

Nearly a third of patients gave hospitals low marks in pain management, and about a fifth of patients said discharge instructions were not clearly communicated. More…