Pain Free Hospital Initiative in Kenya

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The Kenya Ministry of Health is now procuring and supplying morphine powder to institutions through the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA). Efforts to scale up pain relief around Kenya have in the recent past been championed by Treat the Pain, a programme of the American Cancer Society which has been working closely with the Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association.

The PFHI is a one‐year hospital‐wide quality improvement initiative to integrate pain treatment into service delivery by providing education for patients and staff, raising motivation and awareness, documenting pain levels, improving medicine supply, and communicating impact. Health care workers get lectures on different aspects of pain in four sessions tailored to suit their need and developed by Treat the Pain programme. The Initiative has five main components:

i. Motivate – surveys are done on knowledge before and after the initiative

ii. Supply – ensure that hospitals have essential  pain medicines

iii. Equip – regular training sessions are conducted to improve clinicians knowledge on pain management

iv. Measure – patient pain scores and opioid consumption are monitored over the period of the project

v. Communicate – results of the intervention will be shared to motivate other hospitals implement this initiative

At the end of the four sessions, participants receive certificates of participation as evidence of attendance of the sessions. Some of the topics include; classification of pain, assessment, pharmacological and non pharmacological management and pain management in special groups. The sessions focus on physical pain management.

Read more on the Kenya edition of ehospice.

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