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The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) has released a new Pain Management Toolkit, offering providers guidance on acute and chronic pain treatment. As pain management has evolved over the last couple of decades, AAAHC has created this toolkit to provide information to health care providers serving the millions of U.S. adults facing chronic or acute pain.

Chronic pain is the number one cause of long-term disability1, and reports indicate that more than 80% of post-operative patients do not have adequate acute pain management2, rendering thorough and standard assessment of pain management strategies vitally important in the health care continuum.

The Pain Management Toolkit provides organizations with current information and tools to educate staff, achieve consistent, standardized processes, and consider key issues which may help in making decisions about managing patient pain. The toolkit emphasizes important issues associated with care transitions for surgical and primary care environments, highlighting the prevalence of opioid prescriptions and outlining nationally recommended actions for both opioids and their alternatives.

Covering both the management of chronic pain and acute surgical- or procedural-related pain and post-operative pain management, the toolkit can be used to help drive quality improvement in both surgical and primary care practices.

“The content stresses that the primary aim of pain management is to improve physical function, while allowing rehabilitation and maintaining patient comfort. It is not about achieving a specific pain score,” said Naomi Kuznets, PhD, vice president and senior director of the AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement.

“Our toolkits and other educational offerings assist organizations with developing best practices and improving patient outcomes,” said Renee Greenfeld, MBA, senior vice president of marketing and business development for AAAHC. “All of our toolkits underscore the many ways AAAHC works with accredited organizations to help them be 1095 Strong, quality every day, for the 1,095 days of the accreditation term.”

To order the new Pain Management toolkit, visit www.aaahc.org/quality/patient-safety-toolkits.

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