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Pediatr Nurs. 1994 May-Jun;20(3):314-8.

Perceptions of nurses and physicians regarding pain management of pediatric emergency room patients.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To explore perceptions of pain and pain management by nurses and physicians who care for pediatric emergency room patients.

METHOD:

A descriptive survey design using the Adapted Klein Premedication Questionnaire explored the attitudes and practices of 24 nurses and 21 physicians about children's pain in the emergency setting.

RESULTS:

The majority of nurses and physicians who care for pediatric emergency room patients would medicate children experiencing pain. Both groups perceived pain in children the same way. There was a lack of knowledge in both groups regarding the appropriate dosages of pain medications.

CONCLUSIONS:

Nurses and physicians need a stronger knowledge base regarding pain management practices.

PMID:
8008482
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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