Non-Scandinavian and Scandinavian women´s expectations and experiences of acute pain
2007 (English)In: Acute Pain, ISSN 1366-0071, E-ISSN 1873-6319, Vol. 9, no 1, 1-6 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Cultural or ethnic background has been shown to be significant for how individuals experience pain. The aim of this study was to examine the expectation and experience of acute pain, the use of stress-coping styles, and the distribution of analgesics among non-Scandinavian and Scandinavian women in a dental treatment situation.
Instruments used were the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) and the Jalowiec Coping Scale (JCS).
Non-Scandinavian women rated both expected and experienced pain significantly higher than Scandinavian women. No significant differences were found in stress-coping styles or in the distribution of analgesics between the two groups.
Nurses in acute pain situations must be aware of the need for appropriate assessment tools as well as the need to be sensitive to variations in both verbal and non-verbal communication styles across cultures.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 9, no 1, 1-6 p.
Culture, Nursing, Acute pain, Stress-coping styles, Non-Scandinavian, Scandinavian
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-37892DOI: 10.1016/j.acpain.2006.11.003Local ID: 40288OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-37892DiVA: diva2:258741