Influence of professional vs. personal role on pain assessment and use of opioids.

M. McCaffery, B. R. Ferrell

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Abstract

Previous surveys have revealed that patient characteristics such as behavior may influence nurses decisions about pain assessment and analgesic use. This survey suggested that the role assumed by the nurse, professional versus personal, also influences these decisions. The findings further suggested that continuing education aimed at improving pain management needs to include not only knowledge about pain assessment and safety in the use of opioid analgesics, but also teaching methods that increase empathy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-77
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of continuing education in nursing
Volume28
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education
  • Review and Exam Preparation

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