How often home health teams treated their patients' pain

The rates displayed in this graph are for discharges October 1, 2014 - March 31, 2016. Source: medicare.gov/homehealthcompare

  • *The U.S. average includes all reporting home health care agencies in the United States.
  • **The N.C. average includes all reporting home health care agencies in the State of North Carolina.

What do these scores mean?

The percentage of home health episodes of care (out of 100) where a doctor's orders included treatment to monitor and control a patient's pain, and the home health team followed those orders.

What are we doing to continue to improve our quality scores?

When a patient has uncontrolled pain, the home health team contacts the patient’s attending physician and new orders are obtained to manage that pain.

Along with medications, the home health team also offers the patient education to manage the pain at every visit and way to manage pain without drugs called a "Getaway in a Bag." The bag includes includes opportunities for relaxation, aroma and guided imagery therapies, as well as a squeeze ball and cuddly item for general comfort.

Duke has many programs that continue to improve our quality. View our various improvement initiatives.

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