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A proposed model of the effective management of children's pain

Simons, Joan (2015). A proposed model of the effective management of children's pain. Pain Management Nursing, 16(4) pp. 570–578.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmn.2014.10.008
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Abstract

The aim of this study was to understand the various factors that contribute to the delivery of effective pain management. The current picture of pain management is complex and contradictory, with children in the hospital still experiencing unnecessary pain, nurses reporting better pain care than is evidenced, and parents who are reluctant to report their child’s pain. There is a real need to focus on areas of excellence where pain management innovations have been successfully implemented. Five hospitals were visited in three countries: the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Australia, spending a week in each country. In all, 28 health care professionals were interviewed exploring innovations in pain management; the effect of improvements on children, parents, and nurses; and what helped and hindered the delivery of effective pain management. Better pain management provides nurses with confidence, which in turn gives children and parents confidence in their care and reduces anxiety for nurses. Resources, on the other hand, were a common issue in relation to obstacles to innovation. A recurring theme in all areas visited was the issue of culture and how it affected both negatively and positively on the management of children’s pain. Strong leadership was integral to moving practice forward and to introducing the innovations that led to effective pain management. The key findings identified that underpin the effective management of children’s pain are effective leadership, resources, and confidence; the consequences are less stress for children and nurses, more trusting relationships, and greater job satisfaction. A model of effective pain management is proposed.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 American Society for Pain Management Nursing
ISSN: 1532-8635
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Travel ScholarshipNot SetThe Florence Nightingale Foundation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
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Item ID: 43489
Depositing User: Joan Simons
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2015 09:32
Last Modified: 22 May 2019 11:28
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/43489
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