Tool may improve pain management in nursing homes

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – An experimental “Pain Medication Appropriateness Scale” (PMAS) appears to be a useful tool for assessing the suitability of prescribing practices in nursing homes and for testing whether interventions to improve prescribing behavior are effective, investigators report.

Improving pain management in nursing homes has become a priority for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Joint Commission for Accrediting Health Organizations, Dr. Evelyn Hutt and colleagues note in a report in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
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