Outcome Evaluation

Individualize the treatment goals at the beginning of treatment. Utilize information obtained during the pain interview to create goals that are consistent with the patient's expectations. Prevention, reduction, or elimination of pain are important goals for treatment of acute pain. With chronic pain, elimination of pain might not be possible, and goals might focus on improvement or maintenance of functional capacity and quality of life. Thus, for example, pain goals might include "pain scale less than three," or "be able to play a game with grandchildren," or "be able to knit again." Assess patients periodically, depending on the method of analgesia and pain condition, for achievement of pain goals. Evaluate the patient for the presence of adverse drug reactions, drug allergies, and drug interactions.

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