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Keywords:

  • educational strategies;
  • knowledge deficits;
  • nurses;
  • pain management

Summary

? Nurse education does not appear to be preparing nurses to manage pain in the clinical area.

? A number of studies have demonstrated that nurses continue to have educational deficits in this context.

? Several studies have found no change in knowledge or behaviours following education about pain management.

? Others have found that changes in behaviour do occur.

? It is possible that innovative teaching strategies need to be used.

? The literature in this area is reviewed and recommendations made.