Healthcare Professionals Perceptions of the Use of Pain Scales in Postoperative Pain Assessments
2014 (English)In: Applied Nursing Research, ISSN 0897-1897, E-ISSN 1532-8201, Vol. 27, no 1, 53-58 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Aim: To describe how healthcare professionals perceive the use of pain scales in postoperative care. Background: Pain scales are important but not an obvious choice to use in postoperative care. No study has explored how healthcare professionals experience the use of pain scales. Methods: An explorative design with a phenomenographic approach was used. The sample consisted of 25 healthcare professionals. Semistructured interviews were performed. Results: Four descriptive categories emerged - the use of pain scales facilitated the understanding of postoperative pain, facilitated treatment, demanded a multidimensional approach and was affected by work situations. Conclusions: Healthcare professionals described that pain scales contribute to the understanding of patients postoperative pain. It is important to ensure patient understanding and be aware about variations in pain ratings. Dialogue and observations are necessary to be certain what the ratings mean to the patient. The use of pain scales depends on patients needs and organization.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
WB Saunders , 2014. Vol. 27, no 1, 53-58 p.
Postoperative pain; Pain scales; Pain assessments
Medical and Health Sciences Nursing
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-105240DOI: 10.1016/j.apnr.2013.11.001ISI: 000331019400007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-105240DiVA: diva2:705043