The Barriers to High-Quality Inpatient Pain Management: A Qualitative Study Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Inpatients
  • Pain Management


  • The current literature suggests deficiencies in the quality of acute pain management among general medical inpatients. The aim of this qualitative study is to identify potential barriers to high-quality acute pain management among general medical inpatients at an urban academic medical center during a 2-year period. Data are collected using retrospective chart reviews, survey questionnaires, and semistructured, open-ended interviews of 40 general medical inpatients who have experienced pain during their hospitalization. Our results confirm high prevalence and disabling impacts of pain and significant patient- and provider-related barriers to high-quality acute pain management. We also identify unique system-related barriers such as time delay and pain management culture. Efforts to improve the pain management experience of general medical inpatients will need to address all these barriers.

publication date

  • January 2015



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC4363093

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1049909114530491

PubMed ID

  • 24728202

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 594

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