Knowledge and Attitude of Nurses on Pain Management
Introduction: Pain is the most frequent cause for
physician visits, work disability and health care cost.
Nurses are at the forefront of care of admitted patients
with a pivotal role in assessing and managing pain.
The study aimed to assess the existing knowledge
and attitude on pain management among the nurses
working in Pokhara, Nepal.
Materials and Methods: A quantitative descriptive
cross-sectional design was used to select nurses from
three hospitals of Pokhara. Nurses’ Knowledge and
Attitude Survey Regarding Pain was used for data
collection and analyzed from SPSS version 20 using
Student t-test, one-way Analysis of variance and
Multiple linear regression.
Results: This study found the mean (SD) pain
knowledge score of Nepalese nurses on Nurses.
Knowledge and Attitude Survey Regarding Pain
(NKASRP) was 19.63(±3.4) out of 39 which equals to
50.34%. Nepalese nurses had average pain knowledge
and attitude. This study found that education level
and work experience of the nurses are related factors
of knowledge and attitude on pain management.
Conclusion: Nepalese nurses had average pain
knowledge and attitude. So, the study suggested that
continue in-service pain education and training are
needed to provide quality pain care in Pokhara, Nepal.