IMPROVING PATIENT’S QUALITY OF LIFE BY ASSESSING PAIN: A STRATEGY TOWARDS MEDICATION RECONCILIATION IN A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL
*Kheni Manav Rasik, Levaka Samyukta Reddy, M. K. Archana, Mohammed Shefeeq A., Dr. Apurva Edward Pilli and Dr. Janaki R. Torvi
Aim: The purpose of this study is to assess a patient’s quality of life along with assessing pain intensity, duration, frequency and how the treatment has eased the pain in patients’ undergone surgery and orthopaedic procedures. Materials & Methods: This study is a prospective mixed-method study which was conducted in a tertiary care hospital. The data was assessed using WILDA’S approaches, numerical rating scale (NRS), Wong-baker scale, behavioural pain scale (BPS) and patient QOL (SF-36). Results: The results showed that pain significantly affected various domains of QoL, primarily physical and emotional functioning. Despite the use of analgesics, pain persisted in a substantial proportion of patients. Medication reconciliation was found to be incomplete in 33.33% of cases. Conclusion: This study highlights the importance of comprehensive pain assessment and medication reconciliation in improving patient outcomes. A multidisciplinary approach that incorporates non-pharmacological therapies, such as physiotherapy or psychological care, is essential for optimizing pain management.
Keywords: Pain assessment, Medication reconciliation, Quality of life (QoL), Pain management.
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