The impact of preoperative education by a nurse led Acute Pain Service on pain management for cardiac surgical patients

Stolic, Snezana (2004) The impact of preoperative education by a nurse led Acute Pain Service on pain management for cardiac surgical patients. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


The aim of this research was to compare the pain experience of cardiac surgical patients who attended the Acute Pain Service (APS) education program with cardiac surgical patients who did not attend the APS. The participants of both groups, pain levels, consumption of total analgesia, anxiety levels, satisfaction with pain management, ratios of self-administered bolus doses and failed attempts on Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) device and their length of hospital stay were compared.

The findings indicated no statistical significant differences between the two groups being investigated in relation to pain levels, total analgesia consumed, anxiety levels,

satisfaction with pain management, total demands and delivery attempts on the PCA and their length of hospital stay. The clinical mplications are significant. The preoperative

pain management education program provided by APS clinical nurses for cardiac surgical

patients does not have the positive outcomes expected.

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ID Code: 15918
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Wollin, Judy & Humphreyes-Reid, Lindy
Keywords: pain levels, anxiety, satisfaction, Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA), Acute Pain Service (APS), analgesia, Adult Learning Theory
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Department: Faculty of Health
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Snezana Stolic
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:53
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:40

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