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SIP 2017 - Key Statement

Rianne Van Boekel – Universitair Medisch Centrum St Radboud, Netherlands

"Pain should be a quality indicator of Health Care. Every country may want to start this project. In the Netherlands we managed to create an indicator set in hospitals containing pain assessment, digital documentation of pain data and pain consultation as a start."



Rianne Van Boekel
Pain Nursing Consultant
Universitair Medisch Centrum St Radboud


Diagnosis and treatment of all kinds of pain must contain the multidimensional factors that influence pain and its perception. Chronic pain has always started somehow as acute pain. Optimal diagnosis and treatment of acute pain in order to prevent the transformation to chronic pain (if possible) is therefore very important. Investments in pain education for patients and professionals are necessary, as well as adequate research on those topics that are most important for helping patients. Quality indicators should be a reflection of care, education and research if possible.

Rianne van Boekel is the chairman of the Dutch Society of Pain Nurses who has been working on a new Quality Indicator PAIN in hospitals, an assignment given to the Society by the Dutch Health Care Inspectorate. She is also one of the board members of Dutch Pain Society and advises on several organizational and substantial pain issues. Rianne works in the Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen as a clinical pain nursing consultant and as the hospital wide “Theme leader” for early recognition and treatment of pain. She almost finished her PhD studies concerning acute postoperative pain management. Pain education for nurses is also an important topic for her, she set up and coordinates a two-year postgraduate pain education for nurses.