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Evaluating students’ knowledge of child pain and its management after attending a bespoke course

Owens, DD, Smith, J and Jonas, D 2014, 'Evaluating students’ knowledge of child pain and its management after attending a bespoke course' , Nursing Children and Young People, 26 (2) , pp. 34-40.

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Abstract

Aim: To evaluate the impact of a structured pain education programme on pre-registration children's nursing students' knowledge of and attitudes to the management of child pain. Method: A total of 127 pre-registration children's nursing students participated. A pre/post-intervention design was used to compare participants' knowledge of and attitudes to pain and pain management in children before and after they attended a pain education programme. A group of similar students who did not undertake the programme until after the study were used as controls. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics. Results: Participants' knowledge about pain management improved slightly, as shown by comparison of questionnaire answers before and after the programme for the intervention group. Although the proportion of students achieving correct answers in the intervention group was better overall than that of the controls, the percentages were disappointing and for some questions were less than 50%. However, the education intervention improved students' knowledge of pain in children and attitudes towards managing children's pain. Conclusion: A bespoke pain management education programme has the potential to develop a positive student attitude to children's pain management. However, knowledge of the physiology and pharmacology of pain needs to be revisited throughout the undergraduate curriculum, as students struggle with these concepts

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Nursing Children and Young People
Publisher: Royal College of Nursing Publishing (RCNi)
Refereed: No
ISSN: 2046-2336
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Funders: Royal College of Nursing (RCN ) Pain in Children Group
Depositing User: DD Owens
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2015 18:04
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2016 19:28
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/34885

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