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Effect of establishing pain committee on the pain assessment skills of paediatric nurses

Authors

  • Pouran Varvani Farahani MSc Pediatric Nursing,

    Alumnus of Tarbiat Modares University, Member of Nursing Faculty
    1. Arak University of Medical Science, Arak, Iran
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  • Fatemeh Alhani MSc Pediatric Nursing,

    Associate Professor of Health Education, Corresponding author
    1. Nursing Department, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran
    • Correspondence: Fatemeh Alhani, Nursing Department, Tarbiat Modares University, Jalal All Ahmad, P.O. Box: 14115-331, Tehran 14155-4838, IR, Iran. Email: alhani_f@modares.ac.ir

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  • Eisa Mohammadi

    Associate Professor of Nursing
    1. Nursing Department, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran
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Abstract

Successful pain management relies on pain assessment. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of establishing pain committee on pain assessment skills of paediatric nurses. We used a quasi-experimental design. The study was conducted in surgery, emergency and orthopaedic wards of two teaching hospitals selected through simple random sampling. The intervention consisted of establishing a pain committee, the steps of which included organizing (3 months), holding workshop (five sessions) and clinical training (1 week). We found that the scores in the intervention group were significantly higher than those in the control group. Therefore, establishing pain committee in the management level of nursing improves nurses' pain assessment skills.

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