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'I think PCA is great, but . . .'-surgical nurses' perceptions of patient-controlled analgesia


King, S and Walsh, K, 'I think PCA is great, but . . .'-surgical nurses' perceptions of patient-controlled analgesia, International Journal of Nursing Practice, 13, (5) pp. 276-283. ISSN 1322-7114 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1440-172X.2007.00638.x


This qualitative study investigated surgical nurses' perceptions of patient-controlled analgesia as a strategy for managing acute pain in a tertiary care hospital. Patient-controlled analgesia is commonly used and nurses play an essential role in caring for patients prescribed it. The study was divided into two parts. First, audiotaped semistructured interviews were conducted with 10 nurses. The interviews were followed by a postal questionnaire to 336 nurses with 171 returned. Thematic analysis was the chosen methodology. The audiotaped transcripts and questionnaires surfaced five themes, with the dominant one being 'I think PCA is great, but . . .'. The paper outlines and explores these themes and addresses the implications arising from the research for both clinical practice and education. © 2007 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Analgesia; Nurse-patient relationship; Nurses' experiences; Nursing practice; Patient-controlled; Patients' experiences; article; attitude to health; conflict; control; documentation; drug contraindication; drug monitoring; education; human; nursing
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Nursing
Author:Walsh, K (Professor Kenneth Walsh)
ID Code:92284
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2014-06-12
Last Modified:2014-06-12

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