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Anaesthesia


Title:Attitudes to pain and pain relief in adult surgical patients
Author(s):Brydon, C. W. Asbury, A. J.
Address:University Department of Anaesthesia, Western Infirmary, Glasgow.
Year:1996 Mar
Journal Title:Anaesthesia
Page Number:279-81
Language:eng
Volume:51
Issue:3
ISSN/ISBN:0003-2409 (Print). 0003-2409 (Linking)
Abstract:Pain relief after surgery is frequently inadequate. In the last few years much research has been devoted to improving the situation. Unfortunately, very little work has been undertaken to explore the patients' contribution to pain management. The beliefs and attitudes held by patients when they enter the hospital environment may be responsible in some instances for their not achieving optimal pain relief from the available techniques. We have studied some of these attitudes with a survey of 180 adult patients admitted for elective surgery. We found that most patients still expect pain following surgery. However, they are not afraid to ask for analgesics when in pain and do not attribute pain to their own wrong doing. There are, however, some patients who appear to have 'deviant' pain beliefs that could hinder their appropriate use of analgesics. Sadly, it is impossible to identify these patients according to age, gender, socio-economic group or previous experience of pain or surgery.

 
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