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Tasmanian nurses' knowledge of pain management


Van Niekerk, LM and Martin, F, Tasmanian nurses' knowledge of pain management, International Journal of Nursing Studies, 38, (2) pp. 141-152. ISSN 0020-7489 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S0020-7489(00)00053-5


The aim of this research was to obtain information concerning knowledge of the pain management practices of Tasmanian nurses. We examined the knowledge of Tasmanian Registered Nurses in relation to pain management issues such as addiction, use of analgesics and the assessment of pain. In addition, we queried them about their satisfaction with information they had received about how to manage pain in both workplace programs and in their initial education. A total of 2768 registered nurses were mailed a 29-item survey examining knowledge of pain management practices. One thousand and fifteen valid surveys were returned. Mean scores on the knowledge questions (72% correct) of the survey revealed deficits in knowledge. Nurses specifically lacked up-to-date knowledge concerning the pharmacological management of pain, but displayed a more up-to-date knowledge concerning the effect of patient variables on pain perception. Nurses also rated the information they received about pain management during workplace programs as poor, feeling that they acquired significantly more in-depth information during their initial education. The results of this study have implications for institutions involved in both patient pain management and pain management education. © 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Van Niekerk, LM (Dr Leesa Van Niekerk)
UTAS Author:Martin, F (Associate Professor Frances Martin)
ID Code:21266
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:24
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2001-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-02

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