Acute pain management: Implications of scientific evidence for nursing practice in the postoperative context

Bucknall, Tracey, Manias, Elizabeth and Botti, Mari 2001, Acute pain management: Implications of scientific evidence for nursing practice in the postoperative context, International journal of nursing practice, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 266-273.

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Title Acute pain management: Implications of scientific evidence for nursing practice in the postoperative context
Author(s) Bucknall, Tracey
Manias, Elizabeth
Botti, Mari
Journal name International journal of nursing practice
Volume number 7
Issue number 4
Start page 266
End page 273
Publisher Wiley Interscience
Place of publication Malden, Mass.
Publication date 2001-08
ISSN 1322-7114
1440-172X
Keyword(s) evidence
implications
pain management
postoperative
Summary Unrelieved acute pain remains prevalent in hospitalized patients despite advances in pain management. A decade after the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council called for improved pain management practices by health professionals, it released clinical guidelines to provide clinicians with current scientific evidence to augment their clinical decision-making. This paper examines the implications of national guidelines on nursing practice and highlights the inadequacies of current implementation policies. Pain management guidelines have failed to decrease patients' postoperative pain because organizations and researchers have ignored the impact of contextual influences on clinicians' decision-making. It is recommended that for successful implementation of national guidelines to occur at the local level of practice, organizations must assist clinicians to identify local influences on their decision-making, to address the issues specific to their own work environment and to evaluate any changes in practice.


Notes Published Online: 21 Dec 2001
Language eng
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008401

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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