In 2010/2011 Regional Hospital Unit West Jutland, Denmark (5 sites) conducted a pain-rating study to assess patients’ perception of pain, their satisfaction with pain management and their attitudes to pain and pain management following surgery. The study included 288 patients. Data were collected using The American Pain Society Patient Outcome Questionnaire Revised (APS-POQ-R). After a surgical procedure, patients were asked to rate their “Pain/discomfort now”, “Least pain” and “Worst pain” on a scale from 0 to 10. The results indicate that patients had mild pain based on the parameters “Pain/discomfort now” and “Least pain”. Half of the patients indicated that their “Worst pain” was moderate to severe. In addition to rating their pain according to the scale, the patients were asked to indicate when and to what extent pain had affected them. Approx. one third of the patients reported that pain affected their ability to perform daily activities such as standing, sitting and walking, and approx. one third reported that pain caused sleeping problems. The study also investigated the patients’ attitudes to pain. It revealed that approx. half of the patients agreed with statements such as “Pain-relieving drugs cannot relieve pain entirely” and “You quickly develop a dependency on pain-relieving drugs”. In spite of pain and pain distress, the patients reported a high level of satisfaction with the care they received. The findings of this project indicate that ratings of pain perception and pain management should be based on more than a 0-10-point pain scale, and should address pain during activity, how pain affects the patients and their attitude to pain and pain management.
|Tidsskrift||Fag og Forskning|
|Status||Udgivet - 2017|