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American Society for Action on Pain

UI - 000019

AU - Hamilton J

AU - Edgar L

TI - A survey examining nurses' knowledge of pain control

AB - IN: Victoria General Hosp, Halifax, NS, Canada LA: English AB: Surveyed 318 nurses at an acute

care teaching hospital to identify their knowledge of pain assessment and management. Two pain

instruments by M. McCaffery et al (1990) were combined and adapted for use. The final instrument, the Pain

Control Survey, was administered to Ss. Ss lacked knowledge and understanding of opioid addiction,

equivalent dosing, properties of opioids, and differences in acute and chronic pain. No significant differences

were found in the scores by level of educational preparation or by years of experience. Presentation of the

results unit by unit demonstrated that the instrument was suitable as an educational tool as well as an

effective strategy to introduce Ss to nursing research. (PsycLIT Database Copyright 1992 American

Psychological Assn, all rights reserved) KP: knowledge of pain assessment & management with narcotic

opioid analgesics; nurses at acute care teaching hospital AN: 79-29038

SO - Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 1992;7:18-2