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Release: Sept. 27, 2001

UI nurses guest editors of pain management publication

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two University of Iowa Health Care nurse researchers recently served as guest editors for a publication devoted to enhancing pain management among critically ill patients.

The June 2001 issue of "Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America" focused upon pain management in critical care. Barbara A. Rakel, Ph.D., an advanced practice nurse with the Clinical Outcomes and Resource Management office at UI Hospitals and Clinics, and Marita G. Titler, Ph.D., director of research, quality and outcomes management in the department of nursing and patient care services at UI Hospitals and Clinics, are listed as the guest editors of the publication.

Rakel and Titler note in their preface that unrelieved pain delays recovery, increases health care costs and is associated with a higher rate of complications, such as post-operative infections and blood clots. The publication features articles from UI Health Care nurse researchers and other nursing specialists, pharmacists, and physicians who are nationally and internationally recognized for their expertise in pain management.

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