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Int J Palliat Nurs. 2013 Jul;19(7):341-6.

Impact of an educational pain management programme on nurses pain knowledge and attitudes in Kenya.

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Kijabe School of Nursing, PO Box 20, Kijabe, Kenya 00220, Kenya. glawamac@yahoo.com

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Pain is a common symptom for patients receiving palliative care, but can be relieved by effective pain management. Nurses play a critical part in implementing pain management effectively and must therefore have a solid foundation of knowledge and a positive attitude toward it.

AIM:

The purpose of this study was to implement and evaluate an educational pain management programme (PMP) for nurses in Kenya.

METHODS:

The effects of the PMP were measured using a quasi-experimental pre-post test design. Twenty seven nurses from two units in a single health institution in Kenya participated in a baseline assessment using the Nurses Knowledge and Attitudes Survey Regarding Pain (NKASRP). Nine randomly selected nurses then received 7 hours of focused education. This group completed the assessment again both immediately after and 2 weeks after the PMP.

RESULTS:

A deficit in knowledge and attitudes related to pain management was prominent at baseline. The nurses who received the PMP scored significantly higher on the NKASRP following the PMP: mean scores were 18.44, 28.00, and 27.56 at baseline, first follow-up, and second follow-up assessment respectively.

CONCLUSION:

The PMP appears to be effective in improving nurses' pain knowledge and attitudes.

PMID:
24273811
DOI:
10.12968/ijpn.2013.19.7.341
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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