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Table 3 Practical Tips Shared by Nursing Home Provider Teams About Better Pain Management Practices

From: Approaches to quality improvement in nursing homes: Lessons learned from the six-state pilot of CMS's Nursing Home Quality Initiative

Shared experiences in utilizing local hospice organization as a resource for clinical education about pain management
Shared pain assessment forms
Gave examples of non-pharmocological interventions for pain management that are inexpensive and easy to implement
Gave advice on local suppliers that stock inexpensive items to include in a non-pharmacological intervention 'kit' to use in pain management (e.g., aromatherapy supplies.)
Gave examples of nursing home staff that participated on facility-wide pain management team
Shared opinions on software programs that could be used to query nursing home MDS data
Shared successes and barriers in implementing current system for quality improvement around pain management