Research: HE and co-authors,

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Abstract

HE and co-authors, Department of Nursing Science, University of Kuopio, Kuopio, Finland, honggu.he@yahoo.com, have surveyed the responses of children to post-operative pain relief interventions.

Background

The aim of this study was to reveal the 8-12-year-old children's perceptions on the use of methods for postoperative pain alleviation by themselves, their parents and nurses.

Methodology

Face-to-face structured interviews were conducted with 59 children who had undergone surgical procedures in three provincial hospitals in Fujian Province, China in 2004. Content analysis and descriptive statistics were used to analyse the data. Results: The children commonly used rest/sleeping, a physical method (positioning) and a strategy of emotional support (requiring presence of their parents). Their parents frequently used helping with daily activities and all strategies of emotional support. The nurses mostly used a strategy of emotional support (comforting) and a physical method (positioning). Children's suggestions mainly concerned the application of non-pharmacological methods, especially presence of caregivers.

Results

Conclusion

Pain-relieving methods were not sufficiently used although children suffered from intense postoperative pain, which calls for health-care providers' future attention.

References

He HG, Vehvilainen-Julkunen K, Polkki T, Pietila AM. Children's perceptions on the implementation of methods for their postoperative pain alleviation: an interview study. International Journal of Nursing Practice 13 (2): 89-99, Apr 2007.

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