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Agri. 2017 Jul;29(3):117-121. doi: 10.5505/agri.2017.32650.

[Pain experience of nursing students and the methods used to cope with pain].

[Article in Turkish]

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Department of Public Health Nursing, Bozok University School of Health, Yozgat, Turkey.



This study aimed to determine the pain experience of nursing students and the methods used to cope with it.


This descriptive study was conducted at the nursing department. Sampling was not used. The study was completed with 264 students. Data were collected using the questionnaire that was prepared by the researchers. Descriptive statistics and chi-square test were used for data analysis.


Of all students, 76.1% (84.1%, females; 56.0%, males) who participated in this study had pain. The most experienced pain was headache (52.3%), stomachache (42.4%), and low back pain (33%); these were more prevalent in females than in males. The use of medication (42.9% in males and 47.8% in females) was higher than the other methods for pain treatment. Students who stayed in the dormitory were more likely to use drugs (58.5%), whereas those not staying in the dormitory were more likely to use non-drug methods (47.4%). Students who paid attention to feeding behavior used more medication (80%) than who did not pay attention (44.1%; p<0.05).


Students were mostly applied to health institutions owing to pain, they used drugs for headache, and the pain affected their daily life activities and resulted in them being absent on school days. In conclusion, considering the adverse effects of medications, it is recommended that students should be informed regarding reliable traditional nonpharmacological methods for coping with pain and should be encouraged to use such methods.

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