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December 4, 2004

Massage Helps With Pain Management

Massage can play a part in a multi-faceted approach to pain management. A study conducted by researchers at Brown Medical School and Quality Partners of Rhode Island and published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that quick assessment and a multi-faceted approach to pain management can reduce pain in nursing home residents by 41%.

What it takes: A multifaceted improvement process that stresses education, collaboration, mentoring and - most importantly - rapid changes in pain assessment and treatment.

-- the use of non-drug pain treatments, such as heat packs, massage or better bed positioning, rose from 41 to 82 percent.

Posted by linda at December 4, 2004 12:18 PM

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