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Failure of pain relief after surgery. Attitudes of ward staff and patients to postoperative analgesia.
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PMID:  7978127     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Three surveys of postoperative patients and surgical ward staff were conducted in an 840-bed university hospital to ascertain the severity of pain after surgery and the reasons why patients in pain do not receive more of the analgesia prescribed for them. In the first survey, 206 inpatients were questioned within 24 h following operation, and 25.2% of patients experienced moderate pain whilst 9.2% experienced severe pain but received only 36% of their prescribed analgesics. In the second survey, 176 staff reported that the commonest reasons why patients in pain did not receive analgesics were that they did not request analgesia, were too sleepy or refused the dose. In the final survey, of 200 inpatients questioned, 88% had experienced pain since operation, 97% had been offered analgesics, 14% refused a dose. Twenty-nine percent were moderately or very concerned about injections. The beliefs of both ward staff and patients could have contributed to this failure of pain relief.
J D Oates; S L Snowdon; D W Jayson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anaesthesia     Volume:  49     ISSN:  0003-2409     ISO Abbreviation:  Anaesthesia     Publication Date:  1994 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-12-08     Completed Date:  1994-12-08     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370524     Medline TA:  Anaesthesia     Country:  ENGLAND    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  755-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Analgesics / administration & dosage
Attitude of Health Personnel
Medical Staff, Hospital
Middle Aged
Nursing Staff, Hospital
Pain Measurement
Pain, Postoperative / prevention & control*,  psychology
Patients / psychology
Treatment Failure
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