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Numeric rating scale: patients perceptions of its use in postoperative pain assessments
Jonköping University, Sweden Ryhov County Hospital, Sweden .
Jonköping University, Sweden Ryhov County Hospital, Sweden .
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Jonköping University, Sweden .
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2014 (English)In: Applied Nursing Research, ISSN 0897-1897, E-ISSN 1532-8201, Vol. 27, no 1, 41-46 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: The purpose of this study was to describe how patients perceive the use of the numeric rating scale in postoperative pain assessments. Background: There are recommendations to use a pain scale to follow patients postoperative pain. Most patients prefer the NRS but there is a discrepancy between patients and healthcare professionals how to interpret the ratings from the pain assessments. Methods: A descriptive design with a phenomenographic approach was used. Semi structured interviews were held with 25 patients. Results: Three description categories emerged that illustrate patients perceptions; use of the NRS facilitated communication of pain, it put demands on healthcare professionals and care routines and it contained interpretation difficulties. Conclusion: The NRS has a place in pain management according to the patients but there is a need for a dialogue to give the patients the opportunity to describe their pain and set a common goal.

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WB Saunders , 2014. Vol. 27, no 1, 41-46 p.
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Pain scale; Pain assessment; Postoperative pain; Patients perceptions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-105239DOI: 10.1016/j.apnr.2013.10.006ISI: 000331019400005OAI: diva2:705044
Available from: 2014-03-14 Created: 2014-03-14 Last updated: 2015-03-31

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