Pain management skills of regional nurses caring for older people with dementia: A needs analysis

Neville, Christine, McCarthy, Alexandra and Laurent, Kathryn (2006) Pain management skills of regional nurses caring for older people with dementia: A needs analysis. Collegian: Journal of the Royal College of Nursing Australia, 13 2: 31-36. doi:10.1016/S1322-7696(08)60522-3


Author Neville, Christine
McCarthy, Alexandra
Laurent, Kathryn
Title Pain management skills of regional nurses caring for older people with dementia: A needs analysis
Journal name Collegian: Journal of the Royal College of Nursing Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1322-7696
1876-7575
Publication date 2006-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S1322-7696(08)60522-3
Volume 13
Issue 2
Start page 31
End page 36
Total pages 6
Editor John Daly
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 1110 Nursing
Abstract An exploratory survey of the pain management education needs of 197 nurses working with older people with dementia was undertaken in a regional area of Queensland, Australia. The analysis indicated that nurses in this setting might not have the knowledge base to manage pain effectively; and that respondents have essentially negative perceptions of the availability and appropriateness of current pain management education programs. Consistent with non-metropolitan nurses generally, respondents expressed a preference for pain management education that had a significant face-to-face component allied with ongoing mentorship and support on completion of the program. The obstacles to attending such programs were also typical of the problems facing regional and rural nurses throughout Australia. These were identified as: inability to pay for courses; lack of information on what is available; distance to travel to education and a perceived lack of employer support due to an inability to replace those staff attending education. Positive aspects include the degree to which participants were responsive and interested in dementia pain management and their access to, and acceptance of, non-medical pain therapies. The findings suggest a definite need for a dementia pain management program for aged care nurses, specifically tailored to their needs and to the constraints of the regional practice setting.
Keyword Pain management
Regional nurses
Dementia
Australia
Older people
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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