Nurses' Knowledge of Pain Management for Patients with Combat-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries on Rehabilitation Units

Authors

  • Lorena M. Jaimes DNP, ARNP,

    1. Department of Veterans Affairs, Pacific Islands Healthcare System, Honolulu, HI, USA
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  • Hilaire J. Thompson PhD, RN, CNRN, ACNP-BC, FAAN,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA, USA
    • Correspondence

      Hilaire J. Thompson, PhD, Associate Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, Box 357266, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195.

      E-mail: hilairet@uw.edu

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  • Carol A. Landis DNSc, RN, FAAN,

    1. Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA, USA
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  • Catherine A. Warms PhD, ARNP CRRN

    1. (Retired), University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA, USA
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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this project was to survey nurses' knowledge of pain management for patients with combat-related traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

Design/Methods

A survey was used to collect data regarding nurses' knowledge of pain assessment and management for patients with combat-related TBI. Nurses were invited to participate in the study via email and provided with a link to the electronic survey.

Findings

Twenty-five surveys were returned (52% response rate). A total of 76% of nurse respondents perceived that TBI patients over report pain intensity. Only 40% of nurses were able to correctly identify the appropriate medication to treat migraine-type headache pain in TBI patients.

Conclusion

This study identified gaps in knowledge regarding pain management for patients with combat related TBIs.

Clinical Relevance

Nurses need additional education regarding common pain syndromes, available treatments, and a better understanding of addiction in order to provide optimal care to these patients.

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