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Open Nurs J. 2011;5:52-9. doi: 10.2174/1874434601105010052. Epub 2011 Jul 6.

Patients´ experiences of pain following day surgery - at 48 hours, seven days and three months.

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School of Life Sciences, University of Skövde, Box 408, Skövde, (SE-541 28), Sweden.

Abstract

Recent studies indicate that patients experience pain after day surgery for a longer period than previously known. This requires verification. This was a prospective, descriptive correlational study. A convenience sample of 298 day surgery patients undergoing various surgical procedures was asked to report pain intensity and its interference with daily function 48 hours, seven days and three months after day surgery. Correlation and regression analyses were performed. On a NRS, 55% (n=230) reported pain (≥4) 48 hours after surgery, as did 43% (n=213) at seven days. Pain interfered with normal activities at ≥4 NRS at 48 hours and at seven days, after which it decreased.

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Pain; daily function.; day surgery; normal activities; recovery

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