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Article: Knowledge and attitudes regarding pain management among nurses in Hong Kong medical units

TitleKnowledge and attitudes regarding pain management among nurses in Hong Kong medical units
Authors
KeywordsAttitudes
Education
Knowledge
Nurses
Nursing
Pain
Issue Date2008
PublisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0962-1067
Citation
Journal Of Clinical Nursing, 2008, v. 17 n. 15, p. 2014-2021 How to Cite?
AbstractAims. To investigate knowledge levels and attitudes regarding pain management among nurses working in medical units in Hong Kong and factors that might influence their knowledge and attitudes. Background. Pain, a common symptom for patients in medical units, can be relieved by effective pain management. Nurses have a vital role in implementing pain management effectively and must, therefore, have a solid foundation of knowledge and a positive attitude towards pain management. Design. Cross-sectional study. Methods. A self-administered survey including demographics and the nurses' knowledge and attitudes survey regarding pain-Chinese version (NKASRP-C) was completed by 143 nurses working at medical units in a public hospital. Descriptive statistics and stepwise regression were used in the data analysis. Results. A deficit in knowledge and attitudes related to pain management was prominent (percentage of total score = 47.72, range = 20-76%). Although nurses had developed appropriate attitudes towards pain management, discrepancies between practice and attitudes existed. Those with a higher percentage of correct scores in NKASRP-C had longer clinical working experience and applied knowledge of pain to their daily work. Conclusions. The findings of this study, identifying problems of inadequate knowledge and inappropriate attitudes regarding pain management, are of concern. A better understanding of the factors that affect such knowledge and attitudes and of the discrepancy between attitudes and practice, can provide useful information to be included in education programmes for nurses and to inform policy on the provision of pain management. Relevance to clinical practice. To improve nurses' knowledge and attitudes regarding pain management, the educational curriculum may include the pharmacological area, patient assessment and the integration of knowledge about pain into daily practice. It is hoped that the results of this study may increase an awareness of knowledge deficit among nurses and help them to find ways of making changes to their practice. © 2008 The Authors.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/60546
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.384
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.755
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dc.contributor.authorSo, WKWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorFong, DYTen_HK
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dc.date.issued2008en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Clinical Nursing, 2008, v. 17 n. 15, p. 2014-2021en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0962-1067en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/60546-
dc.description.abstractAims. To investigate knowledge levels and attitudes regarding pain management among nurses working in medical units in Hong Kong and factors that might influence their knowledge and attitudes. Background. Pain, a common symptom for patients in medical units, can be relieved by effective pain management. Nurses have a vital role in implementing pain management effectively and must, therefore, have a solid foundation of knowledge and a positive attitude towards pain management. Design. Cross-sectional study. Methods. A self-administered survey including demographics and the nurses' knowledge and attitudes survey regarding pain-Chinese version (NKASRP-C) was completed by 143 nurses working at medical units in a public hospital. Descriptive statistics and stepwise regression were used in the data analysis. Results. A deficit in knowledge and attitudes related to pain management was prominent (percentage of total score = 47.72, range = 20-76%). Although nurses had developed appropriate attitudes towards pain management, discrepancies between practice and attitudes existed. Those with a higher percentage of correct scores in NKASRP-C had longer clinical working experience and applied knowledge of pain to their daily work. Conclusions. The findings of this study, identifying problems of inadequate knowledge and inappropriate attitudes regarding pain management, are of concern. A better understanding of the factors that affect such knowledge and attitudes and of the discrepancy between attitudes and practice, can provide useful information to be included in education programmes for nurses and to inform policy on the provision of pain management. Relevance to clinical practice. To improve nurses' knowledge and attitudes regarding pain management, the educational curriculum may include the pharmacological area, patient assessment and the integration of knowledge about pain into daily practice. It is hoped that the results of this study may increase an awareness of knowledge deficit among nurses and help them to find ways of making changes to their practice. © 2008 The Authors.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
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dc.rightsJournal of Clinical Nursing. Copyright © Blackwell Publishing Ltd.en_HK
dc.subjectAttitudesen_HK
dc.subjectEducationen_HK
dc.subjectKnowledgeen_HK
dc.subjectNursesen_HK
dc.subjectNursingen_HK
dc.subjectPainen_HK
dc.titleKnowledge and attitudes regarding pain management among nurses in Hong Kong medical unitsen_HK
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