Pediatric pain practices

A national survey of health professionals

Marion E. Broome, Anthony Richtsmeier, Virginia Maikler, MaryAnn Alexander

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine how health-care providers in U.S. teaching hospitals assess and manage children's pain. A 59-item questionnaire was sent to institutions with pediatric residency programs listed in the 1992 National Residency Matching Program. Two hundred and twenty-seven questionnaires were sent and 113 were returned. Two-thirds were from nurses, one-third from physicians. Sixty percent of the respondents stated that they had standards of care or protocols for pain in their institutions, but only one-quarter reported that the standards were followed 80% or more of the time. Use of formal pain-assessment tools was reported by 73% of the sample. Respondents reported that the effectiveness of pain assessment and management was lower for infants and younger children. Only 35% of the sample indicated it was 'likely' or 'very likely' that parents would be involved in planning prior to a painful event. Several obstacles to adequate pain management were identified by, the respondents: knowledge deficit, attitudes, and resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)312-320
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Pain and Symptom Management
Volume11
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1996
Externally publishedYes

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Health Surveys
Pediatrics
Pain
Pain Measurement
Pain Management
Internship and Residency
Standard of Care
Teaching Hospitals
Health Personnel
Parents
Nurses
Surveys and Questionnaires
Physicians

Keywords

  • children
  • infants
  • Pediatric pain
  • survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology
  • Nursing(all)

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Pediatric pain practices : A national survey of health professionals. / Broome, Marion E.; Richtsmeier, Anthony; Maikler, Virginia; Alexander, MaryAnn.

In: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Vol. 11, No. 5, 05.1996, p. 312-320.

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Broome, Marion E. ; Richtsmeier, Anthony ; Maikler, Virginia ; Alexander, MaryAnn. / Pediatric pain practices : A national survey of health professionals. In: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 1996 ; Vol. 11, No. 5. pp. 312-320.
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