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Nurses' Perceptions of Pain Management and its Performance for Patients with Dementia

  • Global Health and Nursing
  • Abbr : Global Health Nurs
  • 2016, 6(1), pp.40-50
  • DOI : 10.35144/ghn.2016.6.1.40
  • Publisher : Research Institute of Nursing Science
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Nursing Science
  • Published : January 31, 2016

류영선 1 Seo Ji-Min ORD ID 2

1부산여자대학교
2부산대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify nurses' perceptions of pain management and its performance for patients with dementia. Methods: The study design was descriptive. The subjects were 199 nurses working at 26 long-term care hospitals in B city. The subjects' perceptions of pain management and its performance were measured by using self-report questionnaires. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, t-test, ANOVA, and Pearson's correlation coefficient with the SPSS/WIN 18.0 program. Results: The subjects had low levels of perceptions of pain management for patients with dementia, but they noted good pain management performance. The subjects had particularly low levels of perceptions of dementia patients' pain experience, self-report of their pain, pain assessment tools, and analgesics. The subjects who had received education on pain management showed significantly higher perceptions of pain management and its performance than those who had no education. There was a statistically significant correlation between the perceptions of pain management and its performance for patients with dementia (r=.46, p<.001). Conclusion: The findings of this study suggest that it is necessary to provide nurses with education to improve their perceptions of pain management and its performance for patients with dementia.

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