Improving pain management by nurses: A pilot Peer Intervention Program
Edwards, Helen E., Nash, Robyn E., Yates, Patsy, Walsh, Anne M., Fentiman, Belinda J., McDowell, Jan K., Skerman, Helen M., & Najman, Jackob M. (2001) Improving pain management by nurses: A pilot Peer Intervention Program. Nursing and Health Sciences, 3(1), pp. 35-45.
Significant pain continues to be reported by many hospitalized patients despite the numerous and varied educational programs developed and implemented to improve pain management. A theoretically based Peer Intervention Program was designed from a predictive model to address nurses' beliefs, attitudes, subjective norms, self-efficacy, perceived control and intentions in the management of pain with p.r.n. (as required) narcotic analgesia.
The pilot study of this program utilized a quasi-experimental pre-post test design with a patient intervention, nurse and patient intervention and control conditions consisting of 24, 18 and 19 nurses, respectively. One week after the intervention, significant differences were found between the nurse and patient condition and the two other conditions in beliefs, self-efficacy, perceived control, positive trend in attitudes, subjective norms and intentions. The most positive aspects of the program were supportive interactive discussions with peers and an awareness and understanding of beliefs and attitudes and their roles in behavior.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||nurses, knowledge, pain management, Peer Intervention Program, peer support, narcotics, analgesia, surgery, attitudes, theory of planned behavior|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health|
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2001 Blackwell Publishing|
|Copyright Statement:||The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com|
|Deposited On:||29 Oct 2004|
|Last Modified:||02 Feb 2012 19:44|
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