Despite the importance of pain management to each patient's overall experience with a total knee replacement, opportunities to improve pain care exist. The authors target an unnecessarily fragmented pain management trajectory as one cause of variability in pain outcomes. They propose that a technology-enhanced patient-centered pain management continuum running from the preoperative through the recovery phase offers effective and efficient pain management.
Joanne G. Samuels, PhD, RN, CNL, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Hewitt Hall, University of New Hampshire, Durham.
Robert S. Woodward, PhD, Forrest D. McKerley Professor of Health Economics, Departments of Health Management and Policy and of Economics, University of New Hampshire, Durham.
Conflicts of interest: None to declare.