New research reveals that sick children do not always have their pain-relief needs met
Despite great effort to reduce anxiety, fear and pain, related to health care, children still considered "being in pain" as the worst aspect of their procedure, according to Karin Enskär, associate professor at the School of Health Sciences, Jönköping, Sweden.
Swedish nurses have an excellent knowledge of, and a positive attitude towards pain manage-ment, but in spite of this they do not succeed in relieving children's pain.
This is partly because nurses believe in pharmacological treatment as the only method of relieving pain. Using "non-pharmacological" methods, such as Virtual Reality or music, has proven to be successful and highly valued by those children who have tried it.
Research at the School of Health Sciences, Jönköping shows that nurses in Sweden have a higher level of knowledge and a more positive attitude towards pain management, compared to nurses in England and South Africa. The way nurses manage pain in children is affected by several factors: one of which is that nurses may lack preparedness when confronted with children in pain, which in turn may lead to a feeling of powerlessness and sometimes even distrust on the part of the child. Other factors involved are an inability to assess a child's level of pain and difficulty co-operating with the child, the parents and/or the physician.
"Non-pharmacological" methods of relieving pain in children are seldom used by English and Swedish nurses. Compared to nurses in South Africa, Swedish nurses relied heavily on pharmacological treatment as the only method pain relief. Research has further shown that children who have a sense of control and participation during painful procedures, experience the situation more positively.
Read more about Karin Enskär's research www.hhj.hj.se/doc/5144
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The School of Health Sciences is one of four schools within Jönköping University. The School is one of Sweden's leading educators in health, care and social work. Research is conducted within three research areas: Ageing - Living Conditions and Health; Quality Improvements, Innovations and Leadership; and CHILD. The School of Health Sciences has some 2,000 registered students, some 160 employees and a turnover of approximately SEK 165 millions.
Marie Olofsson | idw
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