Journal article

Prediction of postoperative pain - beneficial to perioperative pain management?

Verena Schadewaldt, Gunnar H Nielsen

PFLEGE | VERLAG HANS HUBER | Published : 2011

Abstract

Pain treatment of surgical patients is still a deficient area, even if there are evidence-based possibilities of pain management. The aim of this study is to identify patients with a higher risk of severe postoperative pain at an early stage and improve nurses' pain management by identifying pain predictors whilst including them in analgesic treatment. In addition to the identification of predictors by a literature review, a cross-sectional study with 84 surgical patients of a convenience sample was undertaken to find possible predictors. The enquiry was conducted by means of a questionnaire which the patient had to fill in prior surgery. The intensity of pain was surveyed in a personal inte..

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