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Numeric rating scale: patients' perceptions of its use in postoperative pain assessments
Ersta Sköndal University College, Palliative Reserch Centre, PRC. Linnéuniversitetet.
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2014 (English)In: Applied Nursing Research, ISSN 0897-1897, E-ISSN 1532-8201, Vol. 27, no 1, 41-46 p.Article 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, 41-46 p.
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Pain scale, Pain assessment, Postoperative pain, Patients' perceptions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-4382DOI: 10.1016/j.apnr.2013.10.006ISI: 000331019400005PubMedID: 24332467OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-4382DiVA: diva2:791366
Available from: 2015-02-27 Created: 2015-02-27 Last updated: 2015-02-27Bibliographically approved

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