Journal of Clinical Nursing
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Edited By: Editor-in-Chief: Debra Jackson Editors: Carol Haigh and Graeme D Smith
Impact Factor: 1.316
ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 21/104 (Nursing (Social Science)); 25/106 (Nursing (Science))
Online ISSN: 1365-2702
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Editor's Choice - February
There is a good evidence suggesting that surgical patients’ report high levels of satisfaction with pain management, despite suffering from high levels of pain. The reasons for these high levels of satisfaction remain unknown, although it has been speculated that it may relate to the patient expectation of postoperative pain.
In her mixed method study, Jennifer M. Tocher examines the pain expectation of patients undergoing abdominal aortic aneurysm repair surgery. She explores pain expectations prospectively and then makes comparison with patients’ actual experiences, concluding that most patients expect to have postoperative pain. This expectation may influence the individual’s experience of postoperative nursing management. For me, one of the strengths of this study is that highlights the importance of listening to the voice of the patient, expectations are clearly voiced in relation to their postoperative recovery. Additionally, it highlights the need for clinical nurses to evaluate the preoperative information they provide in the surgical setting. I would strongly recommend this paper to all healthcare professionals with an interest in postoperative patient management. It highlights the importance and relevance of understanding patients’ preoperative expectations of pain in relation to their postoperative experience.
Professor Graeme D. Smith
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