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January 27, 2023

J Clin Med




Evaluation of Health Care Providers Satisfaction with the Implementation of a Transitional Pain Service.


Admiraal M, Hermanides J, Hollmann MW, Hermanns H
J Clin Med. 2023 Jan 09; 12(2).
PMID: 36675465.


Chronic postsurgical pain develops in 10% of patients undergoing surgery. Recently, multidisciplinary, patient-tailored interventions, such as a Transitional Pain Service (TPS) have been developed and implemented to improve perioperative pain management and thereby prevent chronic postsurgical pain. The purpose of this survey was to analyse health care providers satisfaction and learn from their experiences on the implementation of a TPS. In the TRUST study, a randomized controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of a TPS, 176 patients were enrolled. Afterwards, a satisfaction survey was internally developed, which consisted of eight items. Satisfaction was measured using a Likert scale with five response options from never (1 point) to always (5 points). Surveys were sent to all anaesthetists and anaesthesia residents in our department that were faced with the consequences of TPS implementation. In May 2022, 36 caregivers of the Department of Anaesthesiology returned the survey after four rounds of distribution, with a response rate of 82.3%. Thirty staff members (81.0%) strongly felt that patient care had improved with the introduction of a TPS and 33 (86.8%) would like to see the TPS to be continued in the future. Health care provider satisfaction improved after implementation of a TPS in our hospital.