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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 165-173

The factors affecting nurses' assessments toward pain management in Saudi Arabia


Department of Basic Science, Prince Sultan College for Emergency Medical Services, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Osama A Samarkandi
Department of Basic Science, Prince Sultan College for Emergency Medical Services, King Saud University, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/sja.sja_2_21

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Background and Aims: Pain assessment requires an extensive practice in diagnosis coupled with proficiency in recognizing health factors that lead to its occurrence. Nurses' education and training could be the main factor influencing pain perception and diagnosis. This study aims at comparing nurses' academic qualifications and relevant training courses that may impact their assessment skills toward patients in pain. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional design using a Knowledge and Attitudes Survey Regarding Pain questionnaire was administered to a total of 247 nurses. In this survey, the nurses were asked to answer specific questions related to correctly diagnosing and assessing patients' pain, as well as answer questions about their previous training in pain assessment. Results: A total of 247 nurses answered the questionnaire, with an overall response rate of 82%. Questionnaires revealed that more than half (50.6%) of the nurses involved in this study have not received any pain education related to pain management in the 5 years following their initial nursing licensure or supervision under a nurse supervisor. Conclusions: The results of the paper show that nurses' experiential level has the highest impact on their knowledge of pain relief management and medications necessary for treating it. Also, nurses' pain education following their initial licensure and during their professional practice has the second highest impact on their pain relief management knowledge, whereas their primary nursing education had the lowest.


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