Journal article

Patients' decision-making strategies for managing postoperative pain

Elizabeth Manias, Mari Botti, Tracey Bucknall

JOURNAL OF PAIN | CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE | Published : 2006

Abstract

UNLABELLED: Despite technological advances, many postoperative patients continue to suffer unrelieved pain. The aim of this study was to identify the strategies used by postoperative patients to bring about pain management decisions. A single-group noncomparative study design was chosen using observations as the means of examining pain activities in 2 surgical units of a metropolitan teaching hospital in Melbourne, Australia. A total of 52 nurses and 312 patients participated in the study, and 316 pain activities were observed. The most common strategy used was patients acting as a passive recipient for pain relief (60%), whereas problem solving (23%) and active negotiation (17%) were less c..

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