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J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2012 Apr;17(2):108-20. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2012.00326.x. Epub 2012 Mar 7.

Parents' management of children's pain at home after surgery.

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University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois, USA. vincentc@uic.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

We tested home pain management for children for effects on pain intensity, analgesics administered, satisfaction, and use of healthcare services over 3 post-discharge days.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

In this quasi-experimental study with 108 children and their parents, we used the numeric rating scale or the Faces Pain Scale-Revised, calculated percentages of analgesics administered, and asked questions about expectations, satisfaction, and services. Between-group differences were tested with t-tests and analysis of variance.

RESULTS:

After home pain management for children, children reported moderate pain, and parents administered more analgesics on study days. Parents and children were satisfied; parents used few services. Written instructions and a brief interactive session were not sufficient to change parents' analgesic administration practices to relieve their children's pain.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

Further research is needed to develop and test effective education interventions to facilitate relief of children's postoperative pain.

PMID:
22463471
PMCID:
PMC3320039
DOI:
10.1111/j.1744-6155.2012.00326.x
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