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Numeric rating scale: patients' perceptions of its use in postoperative pain assessments
Jönköping Univ.
Jönköping Univ.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences. Linköpings Universitet, Ersta Sköndal Univ Coll.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0961-5250
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2014 (English)In: Applied Nursing Research, ISSN 0897-1897, E-ISSN 1532-8201, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 41-46Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: The purpose of this study was to describe how patients perceive the use of the numeric rating scale in postoperative pain assessments. Background: There are recommendations to use a pain scale to follow patients' postoperative pain. Most patients prefer the NRS but there is a discrepancy between patients and healthcare professionals how to interpret the ratings from the pain assessments. Methods: A descriptive design with a phenomenographic approach was used. Semi structured interviews were held with 25 patients. Results: Three description categories emerged that illustrate patients' perceptions; use of the NRS facilitated communication of pain, it put demands on healthcare professionals and care routines and it contained interpretation difficulties. Conclusion: The NRS has a place in pain management according to the patients but there is a need for a dialogue to give the patients the opportunity to describe their pain and set a common goal. (C) 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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2014. Vol. 27, no 1, p. 41-46
Keywords [en]
Pain scale, Pain assessment, Postoperative pain, Patients' perceptions
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Health Sciences
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Health and Caring Sciences, Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-32782DOI: 10.1016/j.apnr.2013.10.006ISI: 000331019400005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84892984387OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-32782DiVA, id: diva2:705417
Available from: 2014-03-17 Created: 2014-03-14 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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